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The Northern Africa Cup 2023 will start on Saturday, June 24 and run till Thursday, June 29 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Organised by the Africa Cricket Association, the Northern Africa Cup 2023 is part of the ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023 qualification process. This qualification process will determine the eight teams that will advance to the ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023.

The ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023 qualification process comprises three cricket tournaments. 

It includes the recently-concluded Southern Africa Cup 2023 hosted in Benoni, South Africa in May-June. The Southern Africa Cup covered the south and central regions of Africa. 

Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique have qualified from the Southern event for the  ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023 finals. Meanwhile, Mauritius and Eswatini were the other two teams that competed in the T20 tournament.

The Northern Africa Cup 2023 is the second tournament that will decide the ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023 participants. It will mainly cover the northwest region of Africa.

Hosts Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Gambia and Mali will compete in the Northern Africa Cup 2023.

These teams have been divided into two groups with Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone in Group A, while Cameroon, Ghana, and Mali are in Group B.

A total of 10 matches will be played to determine the three finalists from the Northern event.

All of the teams in the Northern Africa Cup 2023 will square off in a round-robin format where each side will face-off against one another once. After the group stage, the teams that progress further will also compete in the semi-finals and final.

The East Africa Cup will be the final of the qualification events to be held in Kampala, Uganda in July. 

Hosts Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania will feature in the upcoming East Africa Cup 2023. The top two teams from this event will advance to the ACA Africa T20 Cup 2023.

Uganda won the inaugural edition of the ACA Africa T20 Cup in September 2022. They defeated Tanzania by eight wickets in the ACA Africa T20 Cup final at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.

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