South African Legend Partners Nigeria Cricket Federation

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has secured the services of South African Cricket legend, Makhaya Ntini.

Ntini will work as the Technical Consultant to the Nigerian national team ahead of the upcoming International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifier and African Cricket Association (ACA) Tournament.

Vice-President of NCF and Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the T20 qualifier, Uyi Akpata, confirmed that the coming of Ntini would give the NCF technical bench a depth that is necessary to compliment the effort of the coaching crew ahead of busy schedules in the coming months.

“We have a number of things going well for Cricket nowand the inclusion of Ntini to our technical team would be a big boost to those developments.

A good outing at ICC sub-regional T20 qualifier that we are hosting from April 14th to 21stis also a key deliverable that his coming will help our team with,” he said.

Ntini, a former South African fast bowler, and a former Zambian coach in reaction said he is happy to work with the Nigeria Cricket Federation to realise their vision.

“I want to appreciate the Nigerian Cricket Federation whoinvited me and based on what I have seen in the last few days, I am impressed with the talents I met on ground.”

Ntini will also be expected to run a two-day Fast Bowling Academy for young fast bowling talents in Nigeria.

Coach of the national team, Uthe Ogbimi, appreciated the NCF for bringing in Makhaya Ntini, who was the first black player to play for the South African national cricket team.

According to him this will not only enhance the performance of the national team players but also help develop the game at the grassroot level.

“April is a very crucial month for us as host of the International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifiers and ACA T20 Tournament. We have made a pledge to give our best and then come out tops at the two tournaments Nigeria will be hosting,” he said.

The Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) under the leadership of Professor Yahaya Adam Ukwenya have a major objective to return the National Team to global reckoning when it was inaugurated a year ago.

“We had a roadmap when we came on Board and we are keeping strictly to the developmental plans we have outlined. We are most grateful to the ICC and the ACA for granting us hosting rights for 2 international tournaments, back-to-back. With their support and that of our growing number of corporate sponsors, we are confident of a brighter future for Nigerian cricket,” he said.

Team Rivers Emerge Champion Of National Female Cricket Championship

female-cricket-championshipTeam Rivers have emerged champion of the Fifth National Female Cricket Championship by beating team FCT in a keenly contested game played at the Abuja National Stadium.

In the third place game, team Anambra outplayed team Kaduna to clinch the position while team Ogun finished fifth.

The Sponsor of the championship, Mr John Abebe and the President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Emeka Onyeama expressed satisfaction with the performance of the teams.

Mr Abebe further said that female cricket was taking its pride of place in the country.

Danagogo Pledges Support For Other Sports In Nigeria

Hon Min of Sports  Dr. Tammy W. DanagogoThe Sports Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Tammy Danagogo says there will be a re-consideration on the exclusion of some sports from the National Sports Festival.

Danagogo explained that the major reason for the move is to ensure that all sports registered under the NSC are given opportunity to develop, adding that he does not believe that some sports should be classified as lesser sports.

The sports minister, who was present at the 1st National U-15 Cricket Championship that took place at the cricket pitch of the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium, emphasized the need to make the country competitive in different sports and not just football.

He assured the President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation that the bat and ball sport will be reconsidered as one of the sports for the National Sports Festival, adding that National Council on Sports may be reconvened to discuss the issue.

“I do not believe that any sport should be excluded from the sports festival. I believe the festival should be used to develop all sports. Cricket is one of the serious federations that don’t run to me for funds.

If cricket can rank 34th in the world without support from government, if government and the private sector come in to support them, then they will do better than they are doing now,” he said, stressing “government should do everything possible to garner laurels from all sports.”

While reaffirming that he will implement the Federal Government’s road map to developing sports in the country, Dr. Danagogo said ” the era of discrimination of some sports will be over with me on the saddle as sports minister. Since the National Council on Sports is the policy making body where decisions are taken on matters of the sports festival, I will see if it’s meeting can be reconvened to re-evaluate the decision to exclude some sports.”

He promised the cricket federation that their request to improve their playing pitch will be looked into as he called on cricket followers to be part of the development of the sport in Nigeria.