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Nigeria Succumbs to Uganda, To Battle Kenya on Tuesday


  • June 12, 2022
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The Nigeria Women’s Cricket Team, Female Yellow-Green lost for the first time in the ongoing 8th Kwibuka Women’s T20 Tournament on Sunday to Uganda by 9 wickets, to cut their statistics to three wins in four matches and second on the overall table.

Nigeria’s Coach, Leke Oyede said that all the matches have been learning points for the team. “We have learned from the wins and also from our loss today to Uganda. This I believe gives us more things to work on as we prepare for other matches”.

Oyede said the players have been very welcoming of instructions and they are the real winners. “I am very proud of them. They have made my work and my assistant’s Theophilus work a lot easier” he added.

Nigeria’s campaign at the Kwibuka T20 tournament has been impressive with convincing wins against Brazil, Germany, and Botswana to top the table before Sunday's loss to Uganda.

Monday, June 13 is a rest day and hostilities will resume on Tuesday versus Kenya at the Gahanga Stadium where they beat Germany on Friday

“I will not make promises. I know we would have gotten enough rest and analyzed our chances against them before the time.” Said Coach, Oyede.

The President of the Federation Uyi Akpata also said that he believes the team needs a visible show of support now than ever at this time.

“We have seen them improve tremendously from the last outing at the NCF Women’s T20 Invitational in Lagos and I believe the least they deserve is our support.”

Uganda Patricia Malemikia, who now tops the bowling leaders board with her impressive 5-for performance against Nigeria women earned the MoM award with bowling figures ending at 4-0-6-5. Her performance sits as the 2nd best bowling figure in Africa, in the 2022 calendar year with her teammate Phiona Egaru Kulume holding the record against Namibia with figures 4-0-11-6.

In other matches played on Sunday, host Rwanda got their second win of the tournament by beating Germany having lost to Uganda and Kenya, earlier in the tournament. Their first win was against Brazil.

Defending champion Kenya suffered their first defeat ending their match-winning streak at 3 from the Tanzanians. They were short of 38 runs as Tanzania posted the highest runs scored by a team in the 8th edition of the Kwibuka T20.

They will be looking to better their chances at the trophy on Tuesday when they take on Tanzania Women at the IPRC Pitch. Tanzania on the other side has only played three matches and won all (Botswana, Uganda, and Kenya), to top the table ahead of Nigeria.

Nigeria will take on Tanzania on Wednesday and will finish off the round-robin stage with a tie against their perennial rival and hosts Rwanda on Thursday at the IPRC Oval.

Akpata added that “It doesn’t really matter much how it turns out, we are very pleased with the development of the players. It is a very good thing to have beaten two big teams that are ranked over us by the International Cricket Council. But then, given what we have seen so far, I am confident the girls still have some surprises up their sleeves and we will give them all the support they need.”

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