The ICC U-19 Men’s World Cup Africa Qualifier Division 1 Tournament in Tanzania has witnessed an exhilarating start for the Sierra Leone Cricket Under-19 male side, affectionately known as the “Junior Men’s Patriots,” as they secured a groundbreaking victory over Nigeria Cricket Under-19.
In an intense match played at the University of Dar Es Salam Cricket Ground on Monday, July 24th, 2023, the Junior Men’s Patriots displayed exceptional skill and determination, leading to a resounding 9-wicket triumph against the Nigerian counterparts. This memorable win marks the first time Sierra Leone has emerged victorious in the five encounters between the two teams.
A key figure behind this historic achievement is the South African coach, Kenneth Masinga, whose strategic guidance and expertise proved instrumental in securing the momentous victory for the Sierra Leone Under-19 side. Moreover, the leadership acumen of Cricket Sierra Leone Chairman, Francis Trevor Samura, played a vital role in ensuring effective competitions, including the successful culmination of the Men’s T20 Premier League in June. The early preparations and warm-up encounter against the host Tanzania undoubtedly contributed to the team’s readiness for the crucial qualifier.
Raymond Coker, a standout player from the reigning Men’s T20 Premier League champion, Special Line Cricket Club, was named the Player of the Match in the gripping encounter against Nigeria. His outstanding performance and contributions on the field were instrumental in leading Sierra Leone to the much-celebrated victory.
The journey for Sierra Leone Cricket Under-19 does not end with this milestone win, as they gear up to face the Kenya U-19 side on Tuesday, in what promises to be another thrilling contest. With the spirit of triumph still fresh in their hearts, the Junior Men’s Patriots are determined to showcase their talent and commitment on the cricket field once again. Following a well-deserved day of rest, the team will then square off against Namibia on Thursday, July 28th, 2023, further underscoring their dedication to excel in the tournament.