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Nigeria Tackles Sierra Leone in T20I Opening Duel

March 27, 2022

The first ball of the Nigeria Women T20I Invitational Tournament will be bowled at 9:30 am on Monday 28th January in the opening fixture between Sierra Leone and host, Nigeria.

The West African derby is a familiar feud amongst Cricket stakeholders and fans albeit Nigeria took the upper hand in their recent meetings.

Most recently, the duo met at the ICC Women’s T20 World Africa Qualifier in Botswana in September 2021, with the Female Yellow Greens, claiming a five-wicket victory.
This is no surprise to Cricket enthusiasts as the Nigerian female team is ranked 37th in the world by the ICC, seven places ahead of their counterparts on rankings.

However, women’s cricket for both sides is still developing and tournaments like the Invitational is one that could improve their level of play and overall standard among other member nations.

Nigeria is confident ahead of this match with a lot of preparation under her belt. Some of the players have been engaged in various tournaments prior to this with a few that participated in the National Under-17 championship in Abuja in February.

The national team has also spent over three weeks in camp, drilled and tuned into competition mode by coaches Onome Oghenekevwe and Ibodeme Theophilus, under the supervision of Asanka Gurusinha, the country’s Head Coach and High-Performance Manager

Etim Blessing is no doubt one of Nigeria’s finest cricketers and captain of the team will be looking forward to an improvement from her record-breaking performance of 4 maiden overs, 4 wickets 0 runs conceded in the last tournament against Cameroon. Notably, she was Player of the Match in the game against Sierra Leone, while in Botswana in 2021, but her individual contributions need to be transformed into a collective performance by the team. Other players that will be looking to prove their mettle is bating sensation Lucky Piety, Salome Sunday, Omnoye Asika, etc.

However, Team Nigeria will have to look out for players like Aminata Kamara, who had a batting performance of 28 runs in 36 balls against Nigeria at the ICC Africa World Cup Qualifiers last year, as well Fatou Pessima, with a bowling figure of 2/25 (3 overs) in the same game as well. Pessima made her T20I debut at the event and will be looking to prove herself more against Nigeria.

The second game on Match Day 1 will see the 31st ranked Rwanda team against an unranked Ghanaian side.
Bookmakers will predict an easy victory for Rwanda and Nigeria in their opening fixture and could also predict a grand finale for both teams, However, Cricket matches are not played in the tabloids and the T20 formats offers the element of surprise, so anybody is capable of an upset and vice versa.

For team Ghana, the squad was drawn out from a recently concluded Ashanti Region T20 League that has become quite popular in the country and will try to punch above their weight when they face Rwanda.

Regardless of the position you take, as a fan, stakeholder, or neutral, the NCF Women’s T20I tournament is set to make history and provide an immeasurable level of excitement and competitive Cricket for Women’s Cricket in the West Africa and by extension, the entire continent.


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    Abiebhode David

    March 27,2022 at 16:43:52

    Yellow greens getting set ??

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