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Salone to battle Swaziland, Rwanda in cricket opener

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The Sierra Leone cricket national team will kick-start their campaign in the ICC-Africa Cricket World Cup Division III qualifiers against Swaziland and Rwanda respectively in Benoni, South Africa.

Sierra Leone will open their campaign against Swaziland in the first match on March 22 in the morning kick-off, and in the afternoon will take on Rwanda.

Day two of the tournament will see Sierra Leone face Gambia in the first match of the day, and then wrestle against Swaziland for the second time in the afternoon clash.

March 24 will be resting day for the teams but play will resume the following day with Sierra Leone taking on Rwanda in the first match of the day, before facing their West Africa opponents, Gambia, in their final match of the competition.

The four nations – Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Gambia and Swaziland – will all battle for the single available qualifying spot in the ICC-Africa Division II category – a spot which Sierra Leone got relegated last year.

Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone team is still undergoing intensive training in Freetown as they are expected to depart the country early next week for the tournament.

However, unlike Swaziland who has announced their final squad, the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) is yet to come up with its final squad for the tournament.