Nigeria cricket team chases World Cup ticket in Rwanda
The Nigeria national senior men’s team, the Yellow-Green, will this week begin a four-day six match session for the ticket to represent Africa at the next T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022.
President of the Federation, Uyi Akpata, said the team preparations for this event has been in top gear, and he expects nothing but a fight along with the other competitors, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
“We have had the team training together for weeks and had two major tournament exposures in Uganda, and the bilateral series at home to hone them better for this event. We are very pleased with the way the team is turning out and equally hope for the best outing when we file out in Kigali, Rwanda from Wednesday,” he said.
Nigeria was the first team to arrive for the event, a decision which the national coach, Asanka Gurusinha said he incorporated to enable the team settle ahead of the busy qualifying schedule.
“This qualifiers’ schedule is a tough one and I think our team is very ready for the on-field battle. At each of the stage of our preparation, we have brought in new learning that has improved the quality of the team. I think we have a better team going for this event now, and we are optimistic of a good outing,” he added.
Gurusinha, a Sri Lankan World Cup winning player turned coach, was hired by Nigeria late last year as national coach and high development manager.
The Nigeria’s Yellow-Green will square up against Tanzania and Uganda on the opening day, Wednesday November 17, at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in Kigali.