By Jacob Ajom
The Nigeria U-19 Cricket team leaves Lagos for South Africa this Friday to prepare for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Division 1 tournament, beginning August 29 to September 5, in Namibia.
The Nigerian team which is being handled by South Africa born Shaun Philip excelled at the Division 2 tournament held in Swaziland last month will stay one week in South Africa before proceeding to Namibia where they will face the likes ofÂ hosts Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Sierra Leone.
President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Kwesi Sagoe confirmed that the team was putting finishing touches to their preparations ahead of the trip.
â€œThey are still in Lagos, as we speak,â€ the President said, adding, they are leaving Friday and will spend a week in South Africa for acclamatisation before moving to Namibia.
The NCF boss further explained that the one week camp was necessary because, apart from exposing the players, they will use state-of-the-art facilities that will put them in a good stead for the task ahead.
Nigeria qualified for the division one tournament after beating the likes of Gambia(10 wickets); Rwanda(8 wickets) and Mozambique (245 runs) at the division two tournament hosted by Mozambique.