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Under-19 cricket squad off to ICC World Cup qualifiers

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A 14-member Under-19 Malawi National Cricket Team left the country yesterday for Nigeria to take part in International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup qualifiers.

The team will connect to Abuja from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, today.

Malawi will compete for qualification with Rwanda, Botswana, hosts Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Ghana during the ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division 2 qualifiers, which run from today to October 9.

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Malawi captain Phillip Zuze said they were geared to fight for a place at the global event.

“We are fully aware of the fact that this will be a daunting task but we are all determined to do well,” Zuze said.

Fourteen-year-old player Davie Dimba said he was thrilled to represent Malawi in Nigeria.

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“This is our first time to travel to Nigeria as a team and we promise to work hard in search of qualification. We are all happy and excited to take up this challenge,” Dimba said.

ICC has provided return air tickets for the team.

Before departure, the team received toiletries and bags from Bluezone Limited.

The company’s director Kim Jacobsen said they wanted to contribute towards the future of The Cricket Academy and Cricket Malawi, hence supporting the team.

“We are proud to be given the opportunity to donate to Cricket Malawi for the ICC Under-19 World Cup qualifiers.

“Our word of advice to the team and Cricket Malawi is that they should continue to be relentless in their quest for success. We wish the team all the best at the tournament,” Jacobsen said.

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