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2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup Qualification

The 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup Qualification process consisted of a series of two cricket tournaments, organised by the Africa Cricket Association, that determined the eight teams that advanced to the 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup.[1]

The first tournament was the Southern Africa Cup (covering the south and central region), which was played at Willowmoore Park in Benoni, South Africa, in May 2023.[2]

The Northern Africa Cup (covering the northwest region) was originally scheduled to be played in June 2023 in Abuja, Nigeria,[3] and the East Africa Cup was originally to be hosted in Kampala, Uganda, in July 2023.[4] The later two events were eventually combined into a single event (North-West/East Qualifier), and scheduled to be played in September 2023.[5] However, the qualifier and the finals were postponed again.[6] The qualifier was played in December 2023.[7]

Uganda won the inaugural ACA Africa T20 Cup, where they defeated Tanzania in the final in September 2022.[8] Defending champions Uganda, plus the top three sides from the Southern Africa Cup and the top four sides from the North-West/East Qualifier qualified for the 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup.[5]

Rwanda and Kenya topped their groups in the North-West/East qualifier to claim a place at the ACA Cup Finals.[9] Sierra Leone and Ghana also qualified after finishing as runners-up in their groups.[10]

Southern Africa Cup

2023 Southern Africa Cup
Dates27 May – 1 June 2023
Administrator(s)African Cricket Association
Cricket format20 overs, Twenty20 International
Tournament format(s)Round-robin
Host(s) South Africa
Champions Botswana
Runners-up Malawi
Participants5
Matches10
Player of the seriesBotswana Karabo Motlhanka
Most runsMalawi Sami Sohail (146)
Most wicketsMalawi Sami Sohail (11)

Squads

 Botswana[11]  Eswatini  Malawi[12]  Mauritius[13]  Mozambique
  • Adil Butt (c)
  • Mohammed Alamgir
  • Muhammad Amin
  • Safwan Barediya
  • Christiaan Forbes
  • Hujeifa Jangariya (wk)
  • Mancoba Jele
  • Siphesihle Kubheka
  • Wesley Landman
  • Faizalmahmed Patel
  • Shehzad Patel (wk)
  • Umair Qasim
  • Haris Rashid
  • Tarun Sandeep (wk)
  • Moazzam Baig (c)
  • Donnex Kansonkho (vc)
  • Bright Balala
  • Chisomo Chete (wk)
  • Waliyu Jackson
  • Daniel Jakiel
  • Alick Kansonkho
  • Gift Kansonkho
  • Aaftab Limdawala
  • Francis Nkhoma
  • Gershom Ntambalika
  • Blessings Pondani
  • Sami Sohail
  • Suhail Vayani
  • Mark Segers (c)
  • Abdul Tunda (vc)
  • Stephen Brown
  • Cristopher Erasmus (wk)
  • Alamin Hossain
  • Nabeel Iftikhar
  • Vineshbhai Patel
  • Thomas Poucke
  • Nuwan Prasad
  • James Rambo
  • Hitesh Rao
  • Manish Sharma (wk)
  • David Stedall
  • Craig Warren
  • Filipe Cossa (c)
  • Manussur Algi
  • Eugenio Azine
  • Armando Chuvale
  • Francisco Couana
  • Joao Huo
  • Jose Joao
  • Dario Macome
  • Luis Mavume
  • Agostinho Navicha
  • Camate Raposo
  • Lourenco Salomone
  • Bernardo Sambo (wk)
  • Vieira Tembo (wk)

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Botswana 4 4 0 0 8 3.731 Qualified for the 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup
2  Malawi 4 3 1 0 6 0.650
3  Mozambique 4 1 3 0 2 −1.213
4  Mauritius 4 1 3 0 2 −1.382
5  Eswatini 4 1 3 0 2 −1.602
Source: ESPNcricinfo[14]

Fixtures

27 May 2023
08:00
Scorecard
Mozambique 
106/7 (20 overs)
v
 Mauritius
107/7 (19.4 overs)
Francisco Couana 42 (47)
Hitesh Rao 4/22 (4 overs)
Cristopher Erasmus 31 (32)
Francisco Couana 2/11 (3.4 overs)
Mauritius won by 3 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Hitesh Rao (Mri)
  • Mauritius won the toss and elected to field.

27 May 2023
12:30
Scorecard
Malawi 
155/5 (20 overs)
v
 Eswatini
102 (15.5 overs)
Sami Sohail 75 (51)
Haris Rashid 1/17 (4 overs)
Hujeifa Jangariya 23 (19)
Sami Sohail 3/8 (3 overs)
Malawi won by 53 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Alpheus Gawe (SA)
Player of the match: Sami Sohail (Mwi)
  • Eswatini won the toss and elected to field.
  • Hujeifa Jangariya, Wesley Landman, Faizalmahmed Patel (Esw) and Suhail Vayani (Mwi) all made their T20I debuts.

28 May 2023
08:00
Scorecard
Mauritius 
112/8 (20 overs)
v
 Botswana
113/3 (16.2 overs)
James Rambo 39 (40)
Dhruv Maisuria 3/23 (4 overs)
Karabo Motlhanka 32* (29)
Nuwan Prasad 2/25 (3.2 overs)
Botswana won by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Dhruv Maisuria (Bot)
  • Mauritius won the toss and elected to bat.

28 May 2023
12:30
Scorecard
Mozambique 
61/9 (20 overs)
v
 Malawi
62/1 (11.1 overs)
Jose Joao 18 (20)
Sami Sohail 4/6 (4 overs)
Sami Sohail 30* (30)
Joao Hou 1/15 (4 overs)
Malawi won by 9 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Sami Sohail (Mwi)
  • Malawi won the toss and elected to field.

29 May 2023
08:00
Scorecard
Botswana 
205/5 (20 overs)
v
 Eswatini
98 (19.1 overs)
Thatayaone Tshose 60 (28)
Mancoba Jele 3/23 (3 overs)
Tarun Sandeep 22 (31)
Dhruv Maisuria 3/20 (4 overs)
Botswana won by 107 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Alpheus Gawe (SA)
Player of the match: Thatayaone Tshose (Bot)
  • Eswatini won the toss and elected to field.
  • Losika Makgale (Bot) and Safwan Barediya (Esw) both made their T20I debuts.

29 May 2023
12:30
Scorecard
Malawi 
141/5 (20 overs)
v
 Mauritius
96 (19.5 overs)
Sami Sohail 35 (34)
David Stedall 2/33 (4 overs)
Stephen Brown 29 (35)
Moazzam Baig 3/13 (4 overs)
Malawi won by 45 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Moazzam Baig (Mwi)
  • Malawi won the toss and elected to bat.

30 May 2023
08:00
Scorecard
Botswana 
169/3 (20 overs)
v
 Malawi
69 (19.2 overs)
Karabo Motlhanka 53* (41)
Sami Sohail 2/22 (4 overs)
Moazzam Baig 13 (16)
Dhruv Maisuria 3/13 (4 overs)
Botswana won by 100 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Alpheus Gawe (SA)
Player of the match: Dhruv Maisuria (Bot)
  • Malawi won the toss and elected to field.

30 May 2023
12:30
Scorecard
Eswatini 
127/8 (20 overs)
v
 Mozambique
132/4 (20 overs)
Tarun Sandeep 29* (14)
Dario Macome 3/18 (4 overs)
Filipe Cossa 63* (42)
Umair Qasim 2/25 (4 overs)
Mozambique won by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Filipe Cossa (Moz)
  • Mozambique won the toss and elected to field.

1 June 2023
08:00
Scorecard
Mozambique 
89/7 (20 overs)
v
 Botswana
92/3 (13.1 overs)
Filipe Cossa 20 (23)
Katlo Piet 2/13 (4 overs)
Reginald Nehonde 34* (25)
Camate Raposo 1/13 (1.1 overs)
Botswana won by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Katlo Piet (Bot)
  • Mozambique won the toss and elected to bat.

1 June 2023
12:30
Scorecard
Mauritius 
142/7 (20 overs)
v
 Eswatini
143/5 (14.2 overs)
Stephen Brown 55 (49)
Adil Butt 2/24 (4 overs)
Adil Butt 50 (22)
Nabeel Iftikhar 2/27 (4 overs)
Eswatini won by 5 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Acacio Chitsondzo (Moz) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
Player of the match: Adil Butt (Esw)
  • Mauritius won the toss and elected to bat.

North-West/East Qualifier

2023 ACA Cup North-West/East Qualifier
Dates6 – 10 December 2023
Administrator(s)African Cricket Association
Cricket formatTwenty20 International
Host(s) South Africa
Participants7
Matches9
Most runsGhana Alex Osei (93)
Most wicketsSierra Leone Chernoh Bah (9)
Kenya Vishil Patel (9)

Squads

 Cameroon[15]  Gambia  Ghana  Kenya  Mali  Rwanda[16]  Sierra Leone[17]
  • Julien Abega (c)
  • Idriss Tchakou (vc, wk)
  • Protais Abanda
  • Roland Amah
  • Abdoulaye Aminou (wk)
  • Roger Atangana
  • Alexis Balla
  • Veron Bomnyuy
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav
  • Dipita Loic
  • Appolinaire Mengoumou
  • Narcisse Ndouteng
  • Alain Toube (wk)
  • Bruno Toube
  • Ismaila Tamba (c)
  • Ousman Bah (wk)
  • Modou Bojang
  • Frank Campbell
  • Peter Campbell (wk)
  • Aniru Conteh
  • David Demba
  • Andre Jarju
  • Musa Jobarteh
  • Abubacarr Kuyateh
  • Muhammed Manga
  • Gabriel Riley
  • Mustapha Suwareh
  • Fallou Thorpe
  • Ousman Touray
  • Cheick Keita (c)
  • Lassina Berthe
  • Mohamed Coulibaly
  • Mahamadou Diaby
  • Sekou Diaby
  • Moustapha Diakite
  • Mamadou Diawara
  • Sanze Kamate
  • Theodore Macalou
  • Zakaria Makadji (wk)
  • Mahamadou Malle
  • Lamissa Sanogo
  • Mamadou Sidibe
  • Daouda Traore (wk)
  • Clinton Rubagumya (c)
  • Kevin Irakoze (vc)
  • Martin Akayezu
  • Zappy Bimenyimana
  • Eric Dusingizimana
  • Hamza Khan
  • Eric Kubwimana
  • Oscar Manishimwe (wk)
  • Muhammad Nadir
  • Didier Ndikubwimana (wk)
  • Wilson Niyitanga
  • Eric Niyomugaba
  • Emile Rukiriza
  • Emmanuel Sebareme
  • Orchide Tuyisenge
  • George Ngegba (c)
  • Chernoh Bah
  • John Bangura (wk)
  • Raymond Coker
  • Samuel Conteh
  • Abass Gbla
  • Yegbeh Jalloh (wk)
  • Ibrahim Kamara
  • Miniru Kpaka
  • Lansana Lamin
  • John Lassayo
  • George Sesay
  • Ibrahim Sesay
  • Alusine Turay

Group A

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Rwanda 2 2 0 0 4 1.852 Qualified for the 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup
2  Ghana 2 1 1 0 2 1.698
3  Gambia 2 0 2 0 0 −4.128
Source: ESPNcricinfo[18]

Fixtures

8 December 2023
09:00
Scorecard
Gambia 
57 (15.5 overs)
v
 Rwanda
61/6 (11.5 overs)
Frank Campbell 23 (30)
Clinton Rubagumya 3/5 (4 overs)
Clinton Rubagumya 21* (28)
Abubacarr Kuyateh 3/19 (4 overs)
Rwanda won by 4 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Kobus Conradie (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
  • Rwanda won the toss and elected to field.
  • David Demba (Gam) made his T20I debut.

9 December 2023
09:00
Scorecard
Ghana 
54 (16.1 overs)
v
 Rwanda
57/7 (13.4 overs)
Alex Osei 21 (17)
Kevin Irakoze 2/5 (2.1 overs)
Kevin Irakoze 13* (10)
Kofi Bagabena 2/8 (4 overs)
Rwanda won by 3 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
  • Ghana won the toss and elected to bat.

10 December 2023
09:00
Scorecard
Ghana 
185/3 (20 overs)
v
 Gambia
87/7 (20 overs)
Alex Osei 72 (55)
Ismaila Tamba 1/23 (2 overs)
Andre Jarju 15 (26)
Kofi Bagabena 2/13 (4 overs)
Richmond Baaleri 2/13 (4 overs)
Ghana won by 98 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Cecil Rabie (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
  • Gambia won the toss and elected to field.

Group B

Points table

Pos Team Pld W L NR Pts NRR Qualification
1  Kenya 3 3 0 0 6 5.959 Qualified for the 2023 ACA Africa T20 Cup
2  Sierra Leone 3 2 1 0 4 3.156
3  Cameroon 3 1 2 0 2 −4.017
4  Mali 3 0 3 0 0 −7.090
Source: ESPNcricinfo[18]

Fixtures

6 December 2023
13:30
Scorecard
Cameroon 
48 (16.2 overs)
v
 Kenya
50/0 (3.1 overs)
Julien Abega 15 (31)
Vishil Patel 3/6 (4 overs)
Kenya won by 10 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Kobus Conradie (SA) and Alpheus Gawe (SA)
  • Kenya won the toss and elected to field.
  • Neil Mugabe (Ken) made his T20I debut.

7 December 2023
09:00
Scorecard
Cameroon 
144/5 (17 overs)
v
 Mali
112/8 (17 overs)
Bruno Toube 28 (23)
Theodore Macalou 3/23 (4 overs)
Mahamadou Diaby 31 (33)
Bruno Toube 3/13 (4 overs)
Cameroon won by 39 runs (DLS method)
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Cecil Rabie (SA) and Gert van Wyk (SA)
  • Mali won the toss and elected to field.
  • The match was reduced to 17 overs due to rain. Mali were set a revised target of 152 runs.

7 December 2023
13:30
Scorecard
Sierra Leone 
88/6 (20 overs)
v
 Kenya
89/2 (14.3 overs)
Abbas Gbla 29* (22)
Vishil Patel 2/8 (3 overs)
Rushab Patel 42* (40)
Chernoh Bah 1/7 (2 overs)
Kenya won by 8 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Alpheus Gawe (SA) and Cecil Rabie (SA)
  • Kenya won the toss and elected to field.
  • Ibrahim Sesay (Sle) made his T20I debut.

8 December 2023
13:30
Scorecard
Mali 
39 (18.2 overs)
v
 Kenya
40/0 (2.3 overs)
Moustapha Diakite 14 (14)
Vishil Patel 4/5 (4 overs)
Kenya won by 10 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Kobus Conradie (SA) and Cecil Rabie (SA)
  • Mali won the toss and elected to bat.

9 December 2023
13:30
Scorecard
Mali 
37 (14 overs)
v
 Sierra Leone
41/2 (2.5 overs)
Mamadou Diawara 8 (14)
Chernoh Bah 4/10 (3 overs)
John Bangura 17 (8)
Mahamadou Diaby 1/13 (0.5 overs)
Sierra Leone won by 8 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Kobus Conradie (SA) and Cecil Rabie (SA)
  • Mali won the toss and elected to bat.
  • John Lassayo (Sle) made his T20I debut.

10 December 2023
13:30
Scorecard
Cameroon 
35 (8.3 overs)
v
 Sierra Leone
37/1 (4.2 overs)
Idriss Tchakou 10 (8)
Chernoh Bah 4/2 (2 overs)
George Ngegba 17* (14)
Bruno Toube 1/6 (1 over)
Sierra Leone won by 9 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni
Umpires: Kobus Conradie (SA) and Alpheus Gawe (SA)
  • Cameroon won the toss and elected to bat.

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