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ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africia Qualifiers - Nigeria in the Spot Light

September 8, 2021

Excitements trickles down my spine as a cricketer and as a Nigerian, an associate cricketing nation as international cricket action is upon us. We step into the spotlight this time in Botswana, host of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers, 2021. The qualifier matches will be played as a Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I), the shortest form of women's international cricket. Nigeria and 10 other cricketing nations will slog it out for qualification spots.

Host of the qualifiers Botswana, Cameroon, and Eswatini(Formerly Swaziland) are making their debut at an ICC women’s event. Eswatini got a spot in the qualifiers replacing Malawi who was originally scheduled to participate.

Nigeria’s Female Yellow Green started their qualifiers campaign camping in Edo state undergoing several high-performance training and drills as a team and individually after a short break from Rwanda(Kwibuka 2021). 

The Team (Blessing Etim (c), Kehinde Abdulquadri, Taiwo Abdulquadri, Omonye Asika, George Chinyenum, Mary Desmond, Joy Efosa, Abigail Igbobie (wk), Miracle Imimole, Piety Lucky, Agatha Obulor, Racheal Samson, Esther Sandy, Salome Sunday), lead by Etim Blessing, a senior and experienced member of the squad is optimistic about the qualifiers.

She said, “We have done a lot of work in camp and trained very hard individually and as a group, the last couple of weeks have been intense and now we look forward to the competition. We hope to do our best and correct the areas where we have been lacking in the recent past”. Head coach of the Team Mr. Onome Oghenekevwe echoed the position of his captain that the ladies are in high spirits, poised and ready to do themselves and the country proud.

Nigeria, playing in Group B has their first match again Sierra Leone as the second game at the Botswana Cricket Association Oval 2, Gaborone on the 9th of September, 2021 by 14:30GMT. The Female Yellow Greens are also paired against Cameroon, Uganda, and Namibia.

The remaining Group B matches for Nigeria are

Match Opponent Date Time Venue

2

Namibia

10 September 2021, 14:30

Botswana Cricket Association Oval 2, Gaborone

3

Uganda

11 September 2021, 14:30

Botswana Cricket Association Oval 2, Gaborone

4

Cameroon

13 September 2021, 09:30

Botswana Cricket Association Oval 2, Gaborone

Nigeria is currently ranked 41 on the ICC Women’s T20 table with 15 matches, 418 points, and a rating of 28, a position behind the host Botswana ranked at 40.

We, at TheMiddleStump, promise to keep you up to date with the latest news and events as the competition progresses. We wish the team all the best of luck there can be in the game of cricket.


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