Nigeria cricket team departs for UK on Wednesday

Nokai Origin, Abuja

The ‘’yellow Greens’’ as the Nigerian cricket national team is known will soon depart the country for the World Cricket League Division 5, taking place in Jersey Island United Kingdom from 19th– 29th may 2016.

The Nigeria Cricket Federation NCF while briefing the press on Monday at the media centre, Abuja national Stadium said ahead of the tournament, they had forty players in camp since January 2016.

Yellow Greens were able to progress from Division 7 through Division 6 and now are in Division 5 where Nigeria is hoping to qualify to Division 4 through the upcoming tournament.

President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Emaka Inyama for the first time in decades, the sport has found its way back into the school curriculum.

“The last time Nigeria presented a female national team for an international tournament was in 2011. Cricket for the first time in decades has been re-introduced into the national secondary schools sports festival; we are going to have the third edition this year. This was considered necessary by the administration cricket can only be sustained if it is introduced into the curriculum of schools,’’ said Inyama

The captain of the team Kunle Adekola, while responding to questions said with the experience they had from previous tournaments, they are very optimistic that they will qualify for Division 4.

“I am very privilege and I feel honoured being the captain of the team. We are highly optimistic and we have been working very hard to make sure we get promotion to division 4 and haven’t gone through 2 phases of camp since January, what we have now is the best 16 and we believe we will make Nigerians proud. Qualification is our main goal”,  Kunle  said.

The team will depart for UK on Wednesday, 11th May for camping ahead of the tournament.

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