Nigeria: Cricket Federation dissolves male team, sacks coach

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has disbanded with immediate effect the male national cricket team (Yellow Green) as a result of their embarrassing outing at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 qualifiers in Jersey Island, UK.
Federation President, Emeka Onyeama saiid on Tuesday that national Chief coach, Uthe Ogbimi has also been relieved of his duty with the team. He said both Ogbimi and team Captain Kunle Adegbola were liable for what happened to the team and on the pitch.
Nigeria, which nursed the hope of advancing to World Division 4, has now been demoted to the regional amateur category after the scrapping of Division 5 and 6 by ICC.
Onyeama, who tendered unreserved apologies to the Nigerian public, said the performance left a bitter taste in the mouths of everyone.
He said the team underperformed in spite of the intensive preparations and increment of their daily allowance to $100 per day from the old regiment of $25- $50 per day which they met in place.
Onyeama, who noted that given that the national team taken to UK was already too old and no longer reliable, declared that the federation would now undertake a rebuilding process where young players from the U19 team would be upgraded to the national team.
He said a new national coaching crew will be announced in the wake of the proposed North West Africa Tournament and ICC/Africa T-20 tournament scheduled for September.