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ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Qualifier, Nigeria in the Spotlight

September 26, 2021

Barring any glitch, the Nigerian team for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier will be touching down in Kigali, on Monday, September 27, to begin the Covid-19 protocols ahead of the expected testy encounters.

For once, the spotlight will be on the lads from Nigeria, for the obvious role they played at the last edition where they ran away ‘unexpectedly’, with the lone World Cup ticket at the event, to the chagrin of tournament favorites.

Tanzania, Uganda, Namibia and host Rwanda are all set to give the Junior yellow-Green a run for their fame. And it all comes down to how the team has been prepared to soak up the pressure.

For the Nigerian Coach, Uthe Ogbimi, he seemed to have a truckload of talents on his side and with some experience in the mix, he could present one of the most troubling team for opponents yet again. But don’t bank on it yet; the opponents are well prepared too, especially to cut Nigerian’s growing youth domination to size.

Note that this is the first time outside of the World Cup win against Japan in South Africa that the Junior Yellow green would be at any form of platform to compete. And no, the ramblings with the Rhinos in Zim recently won’t count.

Or if the Rhino’s matches are anything, it was to sharpen the team for the firepower of the regular suspects at the youth series.

But given that the team was not with some key players during the encounters, those that followed the matches and rated the Junior yellow-Green with those outputs may need to think again.

So, what would you make of the team when its prodigious left arm pace bowler, Prosper Useni, (who shone featuring for the senior team) is included? Talabi Odunayo (opening batter) too was off grid and will join the team in Kigali.

 

Let us add the two Ridwans (Kareem and Mohammed), you will agree that much is still up the sleeves of these promising crew from Nigeria.

Again, cautious optimism is required, but once again beyond the ticket, this will be Nigeria’s opportunity to prove its pipeline for youth development is not a fluke and can be relied on.


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    Grace Omisakin

    September 26,2021 at 20:43:12

    All the best guys

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    Ziee

    September 26,2021 at 20:50:12

    All the best guys!

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    Ochepa

    September 27,2021 at 05:34:15

    I strongly believe the NCF has done a good job in selecting the best players for this task. I look forward to seeing good results.

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