Bring on ICC T20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers

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Tadious Manyepo Harare - After seeing his charges display top-notch cricket to grab the Victoria Women Cricket Tri-Series in Uganda last month, Zimbabwe national ladies team coach Adam Chifo is hoping the side will bring the momentum to the International Cricket Council Women’s T20 Africa Regional qualifiers which begins in Harare this Sunday. The Lady Chevrons have been tantalising this year as they also recorded a 5-0 whitewash over Namibia in January before winning the roundrobin tournament in Uganda last month. And Chifo is hopeful the team will take inspiration from their intact recent record as well as home territory in the tournament which runs from Sunday to May 13. Uganda, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Mozambique are expected to take part in the regional qualifiers which will see the best placed two teams progressing to the Global qualifiers. The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia next year. Chifo reckons his team is now in perfect condition to face regional opponents and is confident they will make it to the global elimination phase. He is especially banking on home advantage to aid his charges to glory. “Obviously, it’s a privilege for us to be hosting the regional qualifiers. We are looking forward to a very good performance. But, we are also aware of the backlash we are likely to face from the opponents which we have already beaten in other tournaments this year. “I know there is a lot of pressure after we failed the last time we went there. “But, with time still on our side, I think we can prepare enough so that we are ready when the tournament starts,” said Chifo. Chifo said his team should draw inspiration from their recent performance but warned them to guard against complacency. “We have been recording significant success and just recently we emerged victors in the Victoria tournament in Uganda. “We beat both Uganda and Kenya in the round-robin before meeting the hosts in the final where we also beat them. “That’s a good sign on our part but the danger is trying to treat any team lightly just because we have been successful in recent times. “I am therefore always urging my players to guard against complacency and keep focus. I abelieve we have attained the best possible condition to fight for a place to go to the global qualifier.” Only all-rounder Chiedza Muzembi plays her cricket outside the country in South Africa with the rest based locally.

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