11th June, 2012
Lagos has been assured two gold medals in the cricket events of the National Sports Festival, which the state will host in November this year.
Chairman of Lagos State Cricket Association, Kofi Sagoe told P.M.Sports in an interview that the association will leave nothing to chance to ensure that Team Lagos secure the two gold medals at stake in cricket at the sports festival.
“I can bodly assure that we are going to deliver the two gold medals in cricket at the sports festival. The reason is that Lagos is the centre of attraction in the Nigerian cricket and no state can beat us to the fact that it is here that things happen in the game,” said Sagoe.
Giving a lucid explanation on how Lagos will win the two gold in the festival, Vice Chairman of the association, Ephraim Banarby disclosed that the festival will be played on ODI and T20 basis.
The ODI has been the traditional format being played in the fiesta over the years, while the T20 will be introduced for the first time in the history of the competition.
“One thing other states cannot take away from Lagos is that our clubs have always won the national league and I can assure that with the preparation going on, we’re sure of winning the gold at stake in the ODI event and I also have the assurance that the newly introduced T20 event will also be own by Lagos because we lead while other states follow us in cricket,” said the banker turned cricket administrator.
“The beauty of this year’s sports festival is that it will be a festival within a festival especially when it is Lagos that is hosting. We are planning to have a lot of side attractions which cricket fans will enjoy during the competition,” said the former national player.
Banarby further disclosed that players of the Lagos team are currently undergoing open camping under the tutelage of a corsortium of coaches.
“By August, the team will move to close camping where they will undergo intensive preparation that will take them to the sports festival,” he said.