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PwC plans National U-17 Cricket Championship

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria has announced plans to sponsor this year’s National U-17 Cricket Championship organised by the Nigeria Cricket Federation.

The tournament has been structured to groom the next generation of cricketers, who will represent Nigeria in both domestic and international tournaments in the near future. The Nigeria Cricket Federation event, which features male and female categories, will take place across the six geo-political zones of the country.

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According to PWC, the tournament, which is in its second edition, has been scheduled to hold from January 15 to February 7, 2021, beginning with the zonal qualifications for both girls and boys to the finals.

It said the girl’s zonal qualification will hold from January 15 to 17, 2021, while the boy’s zonal qualification is slated for January 21 to 24, 2021. The girls’ final, PWC said, will run from January 29 to 31, 2021, while the boys’ will hold from February 4 to 7, 2021.

According to the Country Senior Partner at PwC Nigeria, Uyi Akpata, the firm’s “support for the championship is part of our corporate responsibility initiatives aimed at empowering young people through increased grassroots participation in the game of Cricket.”

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He said, “Cricket helps to keep young cricketers active and gainfully engaged while improving their overall fitness. It helps them develop important life skills in concentration, respect, and teamwork needed to succeed in every sphere of life. The championship also affords them an opportunity to take up Cricket professionally and win laurels for themselves and the country in the future.

“The maiden edition witnessed strong participation – one of the largest recorded in youth events by the Federation in recent times. And in this year’s edition, we look forward to more engaging national finals in Benin City.”

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According to the organisers of the competition, states across the six regions in the country will battle in a zonal championship, which will produce regional champions for the national final slated for Benin City, Edo State.

“Rivers State will host the elimination series in the South-South region, Oyo State will host the South-West, Enugu State will host the South-East, Abuja (Federal Capital Territory) will host the North-Central, Kaduna State will host the North- West and finally, Borno State will host the North-East,” a statement by the organisers disclosed.

The maiden edition saw the South-South emerged the runaway champions in the girls’ class, while North West won the boys’ category.

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