NIGERIA BEGINS FINAL LAP TO ICC U-19 WORLD CUP 2020 IN SOUTH AFRICA
The NATIONAL U-19 CRICKET NATIONAL team ,the JUNIOR YELLOW GREENS have begun their final lap to the ICC U-19 world Cup scheduled to take place in SOUTH AFRICA in 2020 according to a press release signed by MUSA EHIZOJE BODIE, PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER of the NIGERIA CRICKET FEDERATION and made available to sportsgaloreng.com
The JUNIOR YELLOW GREENS who defeated 8 countries in 2 qualifying divisions in 11 months of world breaking performance and in the process rewriting the history books of Nigerian Cricket.
The team is poised for the biggest stage where they will have the opportunity to once more put up an impressive performance at the world cup proper.
According to the press release, Nigeria will have the chance to showcase what is regarded as years of hard work, commitment, dedication and focus when they lock horns against giants in the business like INDIA, AUSTRALIA, PAKISTAN, WEST INDIES, SOUTH AFRICA, NEW ZEALAND and likes.
Recall that in August 2018, a relatively unknown side left the shores of the country in a quest to gain promotion to DIVISION ONE and against all odds, qualified and became the revelation of the tournament.
Also in March 2019, the JUNIOR YELLOW GREENS came into the DIVISION ONE tournament and was quickly tagged “underdogs” and rightly so especially with their first 3 fixtures against NAMIBIA, UGANDA and KENYA.
The testament from that tournament is relatively fresh in our minds as Nigeria went unscathed through-out the tournament to pick the only qualification ticket.
As plans to ensure a decent participation in the world cup, the NIGERIA CRICKET FEDERATION have gone into early preparations by inviting a total of 25 players to camp in Kaduna State for 2 weeks starting from July 1st 2019 before heading to Abuja.
Prior to the world cup, Nigeria will engage in a series of pre-tournament tours to adequately prepare the team for the task ahead.
Dates and venues of the tours will be announced as soon as plans have been concluded.
Players Invited are:
- SYLVESTER OKPE
- ISAAC DANLADI
- EMMANUEL BONIFACE
- JIMOH ABDULRAMAN
- ELIJAH OLALEYE
- SULAIMON RUNSEWE
- MIRACLE IKAIGBE
- PETER AHO
- AKHERE ISESELE
- TAIWO MOHAMMED
- IFEANYI UBOH
- ISIAKA AUDU
- RASHEED ABOLARIN
- SAMUEL MBA
- DOUGLASS HUMBLE
- PROSPER USENI
- KOMOLAFE KAYODE
- THEOPHILUS JEREMIAH
- JOSHUA SUNDAY
- HUZAIFA ABDULSALAM
- SEGUN OMOLEWA
- RILWAN ABDULKAREEM
- ADEYANJU SEUN
- PAUL PAM
- DAVID AGBO
The invitation of players to camp signals the beginning of the build up to the world cup in South Africa. A final 14 players will be selected to represent the country.
Hopes are high that Nigeria will certainly perform at the first appearance in the U19 CRICKET WORLD CUP.