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2026 WCQ: Zimbabwe vs Nigeria — preview, team news, kick-off time – Vanguard

After a disappointing 1-1 draw against lowly-rated Lesotho in Uyo on Thursday, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be all out for a redemption when they lock horns with the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday in their second group match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The three-time African champions need a win to get their qualification hopes for the 2026 FIFA World Cup back on track, and that is not expected to come easy against a resolute Zimbabwe side.

Zimbabwe will fancy their chances against the floundering Eagles after seeing the Crocodiles of Lesotho pick up a point right on Nigerian soil.

That said, one thing is certain, the Zimbabweans will be up against a furious Nigerian side who still bleeds from their opening draw, and that could see them unleash all their fury on the Warriors. The Zimbabweans, on the other hand, could use this to their advantage, latching on to the undisguised pressure on the Super Eagles to cause an upset and further worsen the chances of the Eagles making it to the World Cup for the second consecutive time.

Head to head – Zimbabwe vs Nigeria

Nigeria’s only loss in seven meetings with Zimbabwe came in an international friendly in August 1981.

Since then, the Super Eagles have claimed four wins and two draws, including an aggregate 8-1 win across two legs during the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Julius Aghahowa and Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored as Nigeria secured a 0-3 victory at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. 

A brace from Obafemi Martins and a Nwankwo Kanu penalty were among the goals as the Super Eagles completed the job with a 5-1 triumph in Abuja in the return leg.

Nigeria team news

Coach Peseiro went with the striking duo of Taiwo Awoniyi and Victor Boniface against Lesotho, but he will be forced to make changes as the Nottingham Forest man has left the Super Eagles camp due to injury.

Terem Moffi and Moses Simon impressed after they were introduced in the second half, and the Nantes winger could be preferred to Atalanta’s Ademola Lookman on the left flank.

Kelechi Iheanacho impressed as team captain and will likely start again in Butare.

Still, Peseiro may find the Leicester City forward another role as Nathan Tella’s direct running and eye-for-goal could be pivotal on that right wing.

Semi Ajayi saved Nigeria’s blushes with his crucial equaliser against Lesotho, but the West Brom defender’s partnership with Calvin Bassey continues to leak goals even from minnows.

Kenneth Omeruo’s experience could come in handy in a tricky tie against the Warriors. 

Zimbabwe team news

Zimbabwe did everything right but scored a goal against Rwanda, and their Brazilian coach, Baltemar Brito, will aim to deploy the same template against Nigeria.

The Warriors, set up in a 3-5-2 formation, were dominant in defence, competitive in midfield, and dangerous on the attack.

Houston Dynamo defender Teenage Hadebe will likely continue in central defence as they look to shield goalkeeper Bernard Donovan Fungai.

The industry and energy of Marvelous Nakamba and Brian Banda will also be crucial in the middle of the park against Nigeria.

Coach Brito started with the striking pair of Admiral Muskwe and Prince Dube on Thursday, but he could decide to shake things up a bit with Philana Kadewere and Terrence Dzvukamanja.

Zimbabwe vs Nigeria: Match details

Competition: CAF World Cup Qualifiers

Match: Zimbabwe vs Nigeria

Venue: Stade Huye, Butare, Rwanda

Date: 19 November, 2023

Kick-off time: 2 pm (Nigerian time)

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Mawaba primary school unveils e-learning classroom block – The Zimbabwe Mail

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Thursday, commissioned an e-learning classroom block at Mawaba Primary School in Lobengula West.

The new facility will provide learners with access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The classroom block was renovated for US$5,000 through a collaboration between the school and its parents. The classroom is equipped with 45 laptops, which the school won under a merit award from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony held at the school under the theme, “Empowering Learners Through E-Learning,” Ward 14 Councillor Dumisani Netha, who was standing in for Mayor David Coltart, said that the city of Bulawayo strives to be a leading smart and transformative city by 2024. He said that empowering education through e-learning facilities is essential to achieving this vision.

Netha applauded the school and the parents for putting together the resources to convert the classroom into such a magnificent learning facility.

“This is a befitting facility to train our learners in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as set out in the smart city concept, national outcomes and requirements provided for by the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and Vision 2030,” said Netha.

“We might pride ourselves on providing our children with such remarkable facilities for e-learning, this is because it is a powerful tool in the modern-day learning experiences as it is a convenient and flexible platform for individuals to acquire skills.”

Netha said that e-learning has great accessibility potential as it offers a wide range of courses and resources. “This accessibility ensures that no one is left behind and learners have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills while being flexible in scheduling and pacing,” he said.

He said that, unlike traditional fixed classrooms with fixed timetables, in e-learning, individuals can balance education with other responsibilities such as home, sports, and family chores. This allows learners to take control of their learning journey, resulting in a personalized learning experience and increased motivation.

“In the face of envisaged high breed learning, we congratulate Mawaba school and credit to all schools with such projects or are in the process of putting up their internet classrooms. The Education Sector Strategic Plan demands that all schools have user-friendly facilities including disability ramps, ECD classroom blocks, and libraries among other facilities,” said Clr Netha.

“I desire to ensure all council schools and others in our beautiful city implement these requirements as we strive for a smart Bulawayo,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Provincial Education Director for Bulawayo, Sibongile Khumalo, congratulated the school for successfully venturing into e-learning, saying that it is a powerful way to achieve good results.

“Schools are encouraged to embrace online learning as we might appreciate, it comes with several benefits. E-learning is about being able to access education whenever one needs to and from wherever one is. Our competency-based curriculum has embraced ICT and the concept of e-learning is topical,” said Khumalo.

She said that the curriculum has seen the transition of education from being predominantly a face-to-face approach to digital learning platforms where a teacher has merely become a facilitator.

“Through e-learning, learners should be able to take responsibility for their educational progress and access the numerous Ministry endeavours to expose them to as much educational material as possible. These include such platforms as online catch-up strategies, e-learning passport, imfundo endlini, and blended learning, just to mention a few, which are all digital learning programs,” Khumalo said.

She encouraged all schools and their communities to make e-learning a priority in their school development committee budgets.

Source: Cite

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Which teams have qualified for cricket’s T20 World Cup 2024? – Al Jazeera English

Uganda and Namibia became the last of 20 teams to qualify for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in the US and the Caribbean.

Uganda have made history by qualifying for their first-ever ICC T20 World Cup by securing the last available spot from Africa and completing the 20-team lineup for the tournament to be held in the Caribbean and the United States next year.

Uganda secured their spot by beating Rwanda in the Africa qualifiers on Thursday, pushing out former regional powerhouse Zimbabwe, whom they beat by five wickets on Sunday in their first-ever T20 international win over a full-member team.

Rwanda were dismissed for 65 after being asked to bat first by Uganda, who chased the target in 8.1 overs at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia.

Namibia were the second team to qualify from the region, having previously played in the 2021 and 2022 editions.

In total, eight teams have booked their spots through the regional qualifying matches. Ireland and Scotland took the European slots, Nepal and Oman qualified from Asia, Canada qualified from North America and Papua New Guinea took up the East Asia-Pacific slot.

The US will participate in the tournament – their first-ever major ICC event – by virtue of being joint hosts along with the West Indies.

Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka qualified on the basis of their top-eight finish in the previous T20 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified by being the two next top teams in the ICC T20 rankings at the end of last year’s T20 World Cup.

The 2024 event will be played in two phases – a knockout round and a main round.

The top two teams in each of the four groups of five will move to a Super Eights phase, where the remaining sides split into two groups of four. The top two in each group will then make their way to the semifinals.

ICC T20 World Cup 2024 teams: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, India, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United States, and West Indies.

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Uganda create history, qualify for 2024 T20 World Cup alongside Namibia as Zimbabwe miss out – Firstpost

Uganda confirmed their participation alongside Namibia in the mega event after beating Rwanda in their final game of the African leg of T20 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek.

Uganda create history, qualify for 2024 T20 World Cup alongside Namibia as Zimbabwe miss out

Uganda have qualified for their first-ever senior World Cup, ODI or T20I, next year. Image credit: X/@CricketUganda

The Uganda cricket team made history on Thursday by qualifying for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup, marking its maiden appearance in a major ICC event.

Uganda confirmed their participation alongside Namibia in the mega event after beating Rwanda in their final game of the African leg of T20 World Cup qualifiers in Windhoek.

The jubilant scenes in the Ugandan dressing room however, signalled heartbreak for Zimbabwe, who narrowly missed out despite beating Kenya in their final game.

The Chevrons, who had famously beaten Pakistan in last year’s T20 World Cup, had also missed out on the recently-concluded ICC World Cup and will not be part of the 2025 Champions Trophy either, meaning they will be missing out on ICC events for three years in a row.

Zimbabwe had earlier done their part by thrashing Kenya convincingly by 110 runs. Sikandar Raza (82) and Sean Williams struck half-centuries to propel their side to 217/4 while the Kenyans could manage just 107/8 in response.

The Raza-led side however, needed Uganda to also lose their final fixture against Rwanda for them to confirm their tickets for the Caribbean and the United States next summer.

The Cricket Cranes, instead, ended up bowling Rwanda out for a meagre 65 and chased the target down in just 8.1 overs with nine wickets to spare to break Zimbabwean hearts.

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