Kenya beat Uganda in a high scoring thriller match in the opening game in Africa "B" qualifiers at Gahanga Oval in Kigali - Image by ICC/Getty Images @ICC (Twitter)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced the schedule for the upcoming 2018 Africa T20 Cup on their website, which includes 4 Associate member countries (Kenya, Uganda, Namibia and Nigeria) for the first time in an expanded tournament to develop the game more in the other parts in the African region.

While Kenya and Namibia have been part of the tournament in it’s previous editions, Uganda and Nigeria will be participating for the first time. Uganda replaced Ghana in the tournament after the latter declined CSA’s invitation after the initial announcement of the team’s taking part in the 2018 edition.

The 20 teams participating in the tournament have been divided in four groups of 5 each, with the group phase to take place from Sep 14th – 16th and the semi-finals and final to be played on Sep 23rd – 24th, 2018 respectively. The top team from each group will advance to the semi-final stage.

Uganda replace Ghana in Pool A, which comprises of the defending Champions, Kwazulu-Natal Inland, Kwazulu-Natal Coastal, Western Province and Easterns. All matches will be hosted by Kwazulu-Natal Inland province at Pietermaritzburg.

Kenya and Namibia are placed in Pool C along with Border, Eastern Province and Mpumalanga. All matches will be hosted by Border province at East London.

Nigeria are placed in Pool B along with Northern Cape, Boland, North West and Limpopo. All matches will be hosted by Boland province at Paarl.

Uganda Schedule (all timings local):

14th Sep 2018: vs Kwazulu-Natal @City Oval, Pietermaritzburg @9:30am

14th Sep 2018: vs Kwazulu-Natal Inland @Varsity Oval, Pietermaritzburg @1:30pm

15th Sep 2018: vs Easterns @Varsity Oval, Pietermaritzburg @1:30pm

16th Sep 2018: vs Western Province @City Oval, Pietermaritzburg @9:30am

Kenya Schedule (all timings local):

14th Sep 2018: vs Mpumalanga @Police Park, East London @9:30am

15th Sep 2018: vs Eastern Province @Police Park, East London @9:30am

15th Sep 2018: vs Border @Buffalo Park, East London @1:30pm

16th Sep 2018: vs Namibia @Buffalo Park, East London @9:30am

Namibia Schedule (all timings local):

14th Sep 2018: vs Eastern Province @Buffalo Park, East London @9:30am

14th Sep 2018: vs Border @Police Park, East London @1:30pm

15th Sep 2018: vs Mpumalanga @Police Park, East London @1:30pm

16th Sep 2018: vs Kenya @Buffalo Park, East London @9:30am

Nigeria Schedule (all timings local):

14th Sep 2018: vs North West @Boland Park, Paarl @9:30am

15th Sep 2018: vs Northern Cape @Boland Park, Paarl @9:30am

15th Sep 2018: vs Boland @Boland Park, Paarl @1:30pm

16th Sep 2018: vs Limpopo @Boland Park, Paarl @9:30am

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