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Akpata Believes Cricket Can Provide Platform For Regional Integration

President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Mr. Uyi Akpata (Right), and the President of Sierra Leonia Cricket Association, Mr. Francis Trevor Samura on the closing occasion of the Bilateral T20 Series in Lagos


The president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata believes the latest bilateral match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone has big advantages that transcend taking part in on the pitch.

Speaking after the six-match bilateral T20 sequence which Nigeria received 5-1 on the University of Lagos Cricket Oval, Akpata confirmed that presently Nigeria is the best-ranked staff on the West and North Africa area of the continent and it will likely be good to help neighbouring nations.

“This series apart from helping the two teams shape up for the forthcoming International Cricket Council’s Africa’s T20 qualifier later in the year. It also offers grounds for both bodies to impact on each other’s growth,” he mentioned.

Nigeria is already by way of to the finals of the qualifying sequence in Rwanda whereas Sierra Leone might want to decide a slot for the ultimate spherical from a pre-event scheduled to begin from 2nd November 2021 in Kigali.

Nigeria has additionally agreed to assist the Sierra Leone Cricket Association to boost the usual of their taking part in turf to the present turf wicket being performed in Nigeria in addition to donate developmental kits to them.

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Akpata famous that having good aggressive neighbours will speed up improvement within the area and residential groups will work in direction of sustaining some requirements. It additionally helps to get straightforward pairing companions for tune-up matches.

“Ghana and Sierra Leone have kept Nigeria on her toes in the region and it would be nice to have them match up to our level for the growth of the game in the region.” He added.

At the closing match of the Bilateral Series on the UNILAG Cricket Oval, Nigeria outclassed their guests with a 36 runs victory in 20 overs to raise the general trophy after six matches.

Nigeria’s Peter Aho who within the fifth match registered the most effective bowling figures of an innings with six wickets, 5 runs, one maiden in 3.4 overs was once more adjudged the Player of the Match within the sixth match and Best Bowler of the Tournament with a Trophy & $200.

At the shut of the match former U-19 Captain of Nigeria Slyvester Okpe emerged as probably the most useful participant of the sequence with a trophy and $300.

The Yellow Greens will depart for a coaching tour of Zimbabwe from the place the staff would proceed to the African T20 Qualifier scheduled for 17 November 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.

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