By Jacob Ajom
The President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Kwesi Sagoe has heaped praises on the national U-19 team that represented the country at the 2010 ICC Cricket World Cup qualification division one tournament held in Namibia.
He said that apart from qualifying from division two, the cadet team was able to retain its position in the top division, thus maintaining the country’s position among the best in Africa.
Speaking at a media chat in Lagos yesterday, Sagoe said, “Nigeria is presently ranked 7th in Africa to complement the senior team’s 6th ranking in Africa.”
He said the federation recorded another milestone when it appointed a general manager who will be seeing to the day-to-day administration of the federation and co-ordinating the secretariate.
“As part of effort to professionalise our operations in line with the dictates of the International Cricket Council, we have appointed a general manager in person of former chairman of the Lagos State Cricket Association, George Wiltshire. We were at the risk of attracting sanctions because of the delay in appointing one. Indeed we were the last associate member to appoint one,”Sagoe said.
Reviewing the activities of the federation in the last quarter, the NCF boss said “for the first time in the history of cricket in Nigeria, we held the National Women’s championship, with Lagos winning gold. Imo followed and Ogun state placed third.”
He also said the NCF broke new grounds with the establishment of an on-line quarterly news letter, The Wicket, holding of two All-rounder academy programmes in Abuja and Lagos, held the national club championship and the AGM.”