4th August, 2010
Nigeriaâ€™s Under 19 cricket team returned from Swaziland to a moderate reception organised by the Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF.
The team, that defeated Gambia, Rwanda, Swaziland and Mozambique to qualify for the final round of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier, CWCQ billed for Namibia from 28 August through September, arrived the country on Saturday.
Speaking at the reception, President of the federation, Kwesi Sagoe, congratulated the boys for doing the country proud, adding that the whole cricket enthusiasts are happy with their performance.
â€œYou have done the country proud with your performance in and off the field. This is a wonderful performance and I believe you will form the bed rock of the senior national team in the next two years,â€ he said.
He told them not to rest on their oars until the World Cup ticket is won, adding that the federation will play its role by providing all the logistics to ensure their qualification.
Sagoe disclosed that the team would go on a week recess and resume for closed camping in Lagos from 10-19 August before moving to South Africa for a week acclimatisation. They will train there before hitting Namibia for the World Cup qualifiers.
â€œSierra Leone qualified from the second division and went on to qualify for the World Cup and I believe you too can surpass this if you are focused,â€ he told the players.
Nigeria came back from Swaziland with a lot of awards; such as the Best Bowler of the tournament won by Adeniran Olumide, Best Batsman, won by James Chukwu, who scored a century in one of the matches.
The Man of the Series award went to Olumide Adeniran with a total of 180 runs in all his innings.