ICC Backs Nigeria Cricket Federation to Host Sub-regional Tourney in April

first_imgSpeaking on the hosting, Vice President of the NCF, Mr. Uyi Akpata, explained that the rationale for hosting this competition was born out of the board’s desire to reposition the sport since assumption of office eight months ago.Uyi who also doubles as the chairman of the LOC of the tournament, stressed further that the NCF board under the leadership of Professor Yayaha Adam Ukwenya, would do everything humanly possible to package one of the best cricket competitions ever in Nigeria.He also stressed that the board already has Eroton Exploration and Production Ltd and Zenith Bank Nigeria Plc as the federation’s sponsor but will continue to work round the clock in getting more sponsors to make NCF less dependent on the ICC and government for its funding.The Technical Representative on the NCF Board, Mr. Dahiru Enesi, assured Nigerians that the country would present the best players for the qualifying tournament in April. “Currently we have 21 players out of 33 players invited to camp that scaled the first trials and much later three foreign-based players namely: Shola Anyia (United Kingdom), Saheed Akolade (Australia) and Dotun Olatunji (Canada) would join up starting from Monday, March 12, 2018 during the second phase”.He further revealed that this year, NCF decided to move out of the norm to create a tournament during trials with coaches and selectors dividing the players into three teams namely: Team Alakija, Team Nwokedi and Team Kalada.“This move ensured that the best batsmen faced the best bowlers and vice versa which in turn resulted to the best 22 players that are gearing up for the second phase this month,” concludes the technical representative.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has been given the final approval by the International Cricket Council to host the ICC Sub-regional T20 Qualifying Tournament at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos between April 12 and April 22, 2018.ICC Representative Mr. Kuben Pilay and members of the LOC have agreed on plans forsecurity, catering, accommodation, transportation, medical and media during the tournament.Pilay also hinted that the ICC was pleased with level of preparedness by Nigeria to host the regional tournament.According to him, “we are impressed with the level of work done so far and the level of commitment by members of the LOC.”He also expressed optimism that this will be the first in a series of international competition to be hosted by Nigeria.last_img read more

Robin van Persie feeling terrible after Holland lose to Turkey

first_imgTurkey dealt a hammer blow to already faint Dutch chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 home victory on Sunday which left the Netherlands in fourth place in Group A.First-half goals by Oguzhan Ozyakup and Arda Turan put the hosts in charge and 85th minute effort by Burak Yilmaz sealed the points for Turkey who moved two points above the Dutch into third spot.Last week’s shock loss at home to Iceland had already left the Netherlands in real danger of missing their first European Championship for three decades, but if manager Danny Blind was hoping for an immediate response from his players he would have been disappointed.It was another desperately laboured performance and they rarely looked like dragging themselves themselves back into the game after falling behind.With the Czech Republic winning to move ahead of Iceland, who play Kazakhstan later, the Netherlands can no longer finish in the top two and will have to win both of their last two games to have any chance of a playoff spot.Holland striker Robin van Persie admitted to feeling terrible after Sunday’s 3-0 Group A defeat to Turkey, but vowed to ensure victory in their final two games. Realistically, Holland not only need to win their games against bottom-side Kazakhstan and table-toppers the Czech Republic, they also hope that other results go their way.Overall, their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has not at all gone to plan – four defeats in eight – with new coach Danny Blind’s first game resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland last Thursday.On Sunday, Arda Turan inspired the Turks in his 57-minute spell on the field. A first-half blitz saw him set up a goal for Oguzhan Ozyakup and score one himself.A disappointed Van Persie, speaking to Dutch outlet NOS after the game, said qualification was no longer in the team’s hands and added: “It’s terrible. I think that’s really awful. “This whole qualification scenario looks very difficult, but we still have opportunities. We need to continue until the end anyway and win the last two games.”Burak Yilmaz rounded off the victory for Turkey with the third goal five minutes from time, with Van Persie, who had linked up well with the likes of Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder, saying: “Does this hurt? I guess you could say so, yes.”In the first half we had control despite the two unfortunate moments. We were good on the ball and created chances.”Daley Blind was the guilty man for Turkey’s second goal, as he had failed to control a throw-in before Arda managed to muscle himself through and slot past Jasper Cillessen.The Manchester United player’s father and coach Danny said: “We sell ourselves short by giving goals away so easily. “At the wrong times, in the early stages, we made mistakes. I had hoped that we would be better on the day.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more