NCF to establish more centres to boost cricket, says Akpata

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By Esther Babajide/ Oluwaseun Fadugba

Lagos – The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says it will up more centres equipped modern facilities to boost the game before the second quarter of the year ends.

Uyi Akpata, the Vice-President of the federation, said this while speaking the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on in Lagos.

He said that the centres would be located in Abuja, Lagos, Benin and Ibadan.

Akpata also said that it sad that Nigeria crashed out of the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa.

He, however, said that the federation had been able to discover the ’s area of weakness based on its in the tournament.

NAN reports that the lost their three to Australia, West Indies and England at the tournament.

He said that the defeat would not discourage the federation but it would prompt it to invest more in facility during the year.

According to him, in the last-two-and-a-half years, nobody gave the federation any chance of being at the world cup so soon.

“We have no less 120 cricket playing nations across the world; the U-19 grade occupies the 15th position in the world and the third position in Africa.

“We to invest in facility to attain the level that other countries had attained.

“Hopefully, the feat that had been laid, we to more sponsors to come on board and us.

“Through such partnership, we will jointly take the game to an enviable height,” he said.

Akpata also said that the federation would focus on the of the U-19 grade being the foundation for the future senior .

He added that the federation would also pay attention to the U-12 grade which would serve as serve as the feeder team to the U-19.

Also the of the U-19 team, Uthe Ogbimi, said that the team won their playoff match against Japan with eight wickets.

Ogbimi said that the federation had a lot to do such as organising regular trainings for the athletes, especially, at the early stage.

“The journey starts now having been to the world cup; Nigeria now knows that it is possible to be at the peak,” he said.

The ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa will end on Feb. 9