The first female Umpire in West Africa from Sierra Leone Elizabeth French has been appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to officiate in the World Cricket League T20 Division 3 in Accra, Ghana qualifier slated for the 23rd to 28th of February this year.
Elizabeth French will be officiating with 7 other umpires from other countries including the assistant Secretary General of the association Francis Samura. The other umpires are Emmanuel Byiringiro from Rwanda, Robert Kumwenda from Zambia, Emmanuel Bruce-Okine from Ghana, Stewart Cole from Ghana, Lucy Mayunga from Tanzania, and Asif Panjwani from Mozambique.
During the week long competition 8 countries will participate in the competition. The countries are the Gambia, Mali, Cameroun, Morocco, Malawi, Swaziland, St Helena and Seychelles.
This is the first time in the history of Sierra Leone Cricket that two umpires are called to officiate in such a competition. The appointment of Elizabeth French and Francis Samura did not come as a surprise as both of them excelled during the Umpiring course in South Africa organized by ICC.
In another development three Sierra Leonean Cricketers will attend a 6 day ICC-ACA Regional camp from the 10th to 14th of next month.
The three cricketers that would benefit from the camp are Emmanuel Pessima, Ibrahim Mansaray and Derrick Williams.