Kenya lands South Africa tour invite ahead of ICC Twenty20 qualifiers

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 28, 2017
  • Sarah Bhakita trains with the national team at the Sir Ali Muslim club in Nairobi.(Photo by Shiutterspeed)

  • Quinta Abel of Kenya during training at the Sir Ali Muslim club in Nairobi.(Photo by Shiutterspeed)

The national team will compete in international tour ahead of the ICC Africa Women Twenty20 qualifiers set for Namibia from next week. 

The team which has been preparing at Sir Ali Muslim Club is scheduled to play five matches in South Africa as they look ahead to the qualifiers set for September 6 to 17.

They will play against local sides Northern Cape, Kwa Zulu-Natal that will also feature Namibia.

The tour is a welcome build-up for Kenya who will face Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania and hosts Namibia in the qualifiers.

For Kenya’s team skipper Margaret Banja the tour is a good chance to build on their confidence ahead of the qualifiers where they will be seeking their first global appearance and pick on from the triangular series win.Kenya lifted the regional trophy after beating Uganda and Rwanda.

“The tour is a good platform for us to once again to prepare well ahead of the qualifiers after the just concluded series where I believe we did play well and there were a lot of good performance from the young players Banja told Sports News Arena.

Only one of the five teams at the qualifiers will book a ticket to global showpiece in West Indies in November 2018.

“We had a good series winning all the matches. But we want to see how we will perform against teams that we are not used to or have no idea about them. We have been playing against Uganda for a while now and even have some of our players playing in their domestic league so we have a good knowledge on them that’s why we welcome this chance to play new sides,” Banja said.

Kenya first played in the ICC qualifier in Nairobi in 2006. And since then Zimbabwe have bagged the ticket to represent the continent at the expense the East African nations.

Banja said with her team having closed their gap with Uganda by having beaten them four times in their last six meetings, Banja believes that their recent win over Uganda which puts Kenya ahead having won four of six meetings, the tour down South will help them refine their skills.

"This will be our second visit to South Africa and I am certain that this will give our squad that is full of young players very good exposure to competitive cricket."

The travelling squad to South Africa which is likely to be retained for the qualifiers will named on Tuesday.

Probable squad: Margaret Banja Sarah Bhakita, Sylvia Kinyua, Quinteer Aoko, Mary Wambui, Vanessa Adhiambo, Faith Mwende, Edith Waithaka, Ruth Ambiyo, Esther Wangare, Alice Muoki, Veronica Abuga, Mary Belle, Molet Achieng, Flavian Atieno, Jane Achieng