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Nigeria’s Captain Etim, Banks on Teamwork Ahead Women T20

  • March 16, 2022
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Blessing Etim, captain of Nigeria’s senior women's cricket team, said good communication with her teammates has been effective in overcoming challenges faced by the team.

Etim said this ahead of the forthcoming six-nation Women’s T20 Invitational in Lagos, with the team expected to feature a blend of experienced and young players for the event.

A total of 18 players returned to camo in Lagos today Monday, March 14th for the final camping phase ahead of the Invitational.

Of the lot, about six of them are less than 17 years of age, although four of them would be dropped to make way for the final 14 that, will represent the country at the tournament.

Etim, one of the oldest and most experienced players on the team, said she is able to lead by always communicating and reaching out.

"I just try to balance things up. Some of the players in the team are 14 and 15 years of age and when I am with them, I try to humble myself, talk and interact with them, so that they can approach me freely on any issue bothering them. I also try to be firm sometimes, so that they understand that the job has to be done and I have great support from the older players as well," Etim said.

The player, who is also a coach in Akwa Ibom, said she hoped to be remembered for her contributions to the development of women’s cricket in the country.

"In the long run, I hope that my good works speak for me. As a coach in Akwa Ibom, I have mentored and introduced lots of girls to the sport. Notables are Blessing Frank, Esther Sandy, and Salome Sunday, who I tutored and now play for the national team. I am also training a potential wicketkeeper, Sarah Etim. Hopefully, in the next year or two, she will be good enough for the national team.

I gained a lot from playing cricket and I just want to give back to society in my little way by mentoring other girls to pick up the sport as well, hopefully, they become professionals," she said.

The cricketer, who set a record of 4 maiden-4 overs-4 wickets, in the T20 Women’s World Cup Africa qualifier in Botswana in 2021, is also hopeful that Nigeria will come top against its rivals at the Women’s Invitational in Lagos.

Ghana, the Gambia, Sierra Leona, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Nigeria will slug it out at the recently renovated Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos from March 26 to April 4.


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