Nigeria begins final preparations for ICC U-19 World Cup
The national junior cricket team, the Junior Yellow Greens have started the final stage of preparations for the ICC U-19 World Cup scheduled to take place in South Africa in 2020.
The Junior Yellow Greens, which among other feats, defeated eight countries in two qualifying divisions in 11 months of world breaking performance, and changed the story of Nigerian cricket, is poised for the biggest stage where they will have the opportunity to once more test their pit their wits against the best team from across the the world.
Also preparing for the World Cup are such giants as India, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand, among others.
Part of the plans to ensure a decent outing in South Africa, according to the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), is the recent invitation of 25 players to camp in Kaduna State for a two-week programme on Monday from where they would head 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,” the NCF said in a statement on Monday.
It named the players invited of the programme as 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 and Samuel Mba.
Others are Douglass Humble, Prosper Useni, Komolafe Kayode, Theophilus Jeremiah, Joshua Sunday, Huzaifa Abdulsalam, Segun Omolewa, Rilwan Abdulkareem, Adeyanju Seun, Paul Pam and David Agbo.
The NCF said the invitation of the players to camp signalled the beginning of the build up to the World Cup in South Africa, adding that a final squad of 14 players would be selected from the camp to represent the country.