NCF and PwC Nigeria Go Big On Youth

Over the last couple few weeks, there has been a wave of cricketing excitement coursing through all the regions of the country. Boys and girls from all corners coming together to provide us with a carnival of cricket and camaraderie and it has been fantastic to watch. It is clear that the leadership of the NCF and her partner, PwC Nigeria, understand the importance of investing in the next generation as evidenced by the near-flawless execution of...

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Asanka: PwC Under-17 Event Critical for Development

The Head Coach and High-Performance Manager of Cricket in Nigeria, Asanka Gurusinha who has been following the on-going Regional finals of the PwC National U-17 Cricket Championship has described the event as very important for the country's cricket development pathway."Events are important for Nigeria's grassroots development, and I have followed this very event and must say I am impressed at the level of coordination by the ...

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Cricket Firework in Regions for Boys National U-17 Qualifiers

More than 360 players would be fielded this weekend when the boys qualifier of the on-going PwC National U-17 Cricket Championship and the Nigeria Cricket Federation has informed that the entry is record entry on its own.Endurance Ofem, a former national male team captain, Chairman Development and Tournament Committee of the Federation who is overseeing the event informed that his team expects a very competitive...

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Ukwenya: Female Cricketers will Make the Country Proud Soon

President of Nigeria Cricket Federation Professor Yahaya Ukwenya has said the entry of close to 300 female Cricketers from 21 states last weekend for the on-going PwC National Under-17 Cricket Championship bodes well for the Country as a whole. According to him, "The effort that has been invested at the state level to raise these players to the competitive stage will be taken to a higher level at the national level...

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Teenagers upset leaders UNIBEN in Edo League

The Under 17 Cricket Club now top the table at the end of week two at the Edo State Cricket League when they dismissed league favourites UNIBEN CC with three wickets on Sunday afternoon at the Edo College Turfs. The match was week two in the League and easily was in favour of the University team who had opened their first game in the league with 183runs...

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Meet the Winners: EOY Awards

Dear cricketers, cricket lovers and lovers of cricketers, we are glad that you are here. 2020 has been much like facing all of the best spinners in the world on a day 5 pitch in the subcontinent with no wickets in hand. We made it through. We won!! And that is no mean feat. Congratulations to us all...

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2020 in Review: Many Colours of A Broken Cricket Year

Despite the lull, lockdown and perhaps loss that the year has been for cricketers globally, in Nigeria, the year opened with a World Cup experience and is closing with the unveiling of a new coach. Both of which are unprecedented in the 105 years that the game has been documented here.But hey, let's not dwell on the upside for too long, we are also going to try ...

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ICC Confirms Nigeria for Key Cricket Engagements in 2021

The International Cricket Council, the umbrella body for the sport has confirmed Nigeria in two of the body's major activities in 2021 including Nigeria hosting one of them. In a communication sent out over the weekend, Nigeria was listed as one of the key nations penciled to vie for space for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 to be hosted in South Africa. Nigeria women's team, currently ranked 41st on the...

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NCF Announces 25 Man High Performance Camp

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has released the names of the 25 Players who will go into a 1 Week High-Performance Camp to be led by newly appointed head coach, Asanka Gurusinha. This camping period follows the Intra-Squad Triangular Series that was played over the course of last week which involved 36 of the best players from around the country...

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Nigeria Cricket Federation Unveils Sri Lankan Foreign Coach

Maria Whophil, a Deputy Director with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has formally unveiled Asanka Gurusinha as the Head Coach and High Performance Manager of Cricket for Nigeria at the Media Center of the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Tuesday December 8, 2020 in Abuja. Gurusinha who was picked ahead of 32...

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NCF Facility Investment Is Underrated

While it may be too early to start raining applause on the four-year works of the present Cricket administration, it may worth the while to give thumbs-up for investment on the different ovals across the country. Though the many turfs that dot the country are not the the "81m category" ( for the initiated only), there has apparently ...

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81 Million Reasons For Onion Scarcity

There is no society without its own challenges, the way these challenges are handled, however, reveal the capacity of the leadership of each society. At least, we now know that even supposedly strong democracies can fail or falter in the face of an issue like the Covid-19, health crisis. Of late, it has become apparent that...

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The National Sports Festival : Five Lessons In Talent Mismanagement

Deji Aliu, Gloria Alozie and Olusoji Fasuba are some names of home grown super talents that the country has lost to bad talent management. There is another bunch that took up Bahrain's nationality just so their talent could be better expressed and rewarded...

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Now that Asanka is here, It is an open secret that Nigeria now has a new Head Coach in the person of former Sri Lanka World Cup Winner, Asanka Gurusinghe. Congratulations to all cricket lovers (I don't mean the Lagos based cricket club). It is instructive that Asanka is coming at this time as it highlights the upward trajectory of cricket in Nigeria. If there is a thing the present board of the Federation has established, it...

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Lights Out(Again) at the Festival

Like the nation's power system, the army of talents warming up to shake off the horror of the lockdown with the much touted youth games have been left yawning. The light dims out for the umpteenth time, as the government announced that the December 3 flag off of the National Sports Festival has been countered...

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