Cricket: Imo To Host 3rd Women Tourney

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Imo State has indicated interest to host the 3rd edition of the National Women Cricket Championship next year.

The Imo State Cricket Association has already indicated interest to take up the challenge.

This bid is as a result of the state’s record in the two editions of the competition.

Currently, two Imo State’s players, Juliet Emena and Chioma Ibe, are in the national team preparing for the African Women Championship to be held in Kampala, Uganda next week.

Imo’s bid is supported strongly by Governor Rochas Okorocha, who has strong interest in the state’s sports development and other governors in the South East.

The region believes the hosting of the competition would help boost the image of cricket in the zone.

Anambra State Cricket Association has completed consultations to ensure there are quality competitions in the state next year.

The association for some time now have been consulting with the former NCA Chairman, Igwe Ogbuefi Alex Nwokedi, the new Bishop of Awka Diocese, Bishop Efobi, Justice Phillip Umeadi and other stakeholders to ensure the game is improved in the state.

This development will lead to the adjustment of competitions and schedules in 2012.

Following the progress made by Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka, other schools like Comprehensive School, Nawfia have already indicated interest to play the game.

The Principal of Comprehensive School, Nawfia, has volunteered to bring his students to Bishop Crowther Seminary, Awka, for constant training.

Meanwhile, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, will soon start preparations for the West African University Games holding in Nigeria from 11-22 January, 2012.

University of Ilorin, Kwara State, is the host, while University of Nigeria will represent the country following the victory recorded in the 2011 NUGA Games.

Ex- Nigerian international, Rev. Dr. Jacob Onyechi is giving his unquantifiable support towards making the dream come through.