Namibia’s national cricket team is on the cusp of making Africa T20 Cup history after securing a semifinal spot for the first time following a six wickets defeat of South Western Districts (SWD) on 27 August at Sahara Park Willowmoore in Benoni, South Africa.
Namibia will meet the winner of Pool D at Diamond Oval, Kimberley, in a match that will be broadcast on SuperSport 12 on 24 September.
The teams in Pool D are Kenya, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Border.
Pool D matches will be held between 15 and 17 September.
Besides Namibia and Kenya, Zimbabwe and Poland are the other associates playing in the Africa T20 Cup this year.
Zimbabwe are in Pool C alongside Free State, KwaZulu Natal Inland and Poland.
North West, Northerns, Gauteng and the defending champions, Eastern Province, are in Pool B.
Namibian cricket team manager, Andre Schmidlin, told the Windhoek Observer, that his side has grown tremendously in the competition after two years of failure.
“This is the third year that we are taking part in the competition. The first year we did not win a single match, but last year we managed to win one game against Western Province (with a 2-run victory) and lost two matches in the process. This year’s tournament is a positive one as we have taken some positive results. It is evident that we are above the rest of the teams,” Schmidlin said.
Captain, Jan Frylinck, said the team has been training hard ahead of their semifinal match.
“We have some few young players, who are not afraid to play against any opposition in the competition. In the past three or four years, some of us did not know that we will one day end up where we are now.
“The good thing about the young players is that they have no respect for the opposition because they do not know them, that is why it is good to have a mix of experience and youth players,” Frylinck said.
Before the semifinal match, Namibia will also play in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World Cricket League games against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Wanderers Ground in Windhoek.
Namibia will first play UAE in the Intercontinental Cup from 16-19 September before meeting UAE again in the World Cricket League to be played on 21 September and 23 September.
The Namibian team is expected to fly out to South Africa immediately after the second limited overs match against UAE.