1 January 2013

Nigeria: NCF Invites Additional Four for T20 Division One Tourney

Lagos — The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has invited additional four players to Phase 1 Camp ahead of the forthcoming ICC-Africa T20 Division 1 Tournament, which will take place in Kampala, Uganda, mid February, this year.

The Chief Operating Officer, COO, of the federation, George Wiltshire, said in Lagos yesterday that the new players will join already invited 26 players in the camp which will open tomorrow.

The four additional players are Afeez Obisesan, Olugbon Olympio, Sesan Adedeji and Usman Adebiyi

Wiltshire, however, disclosed that trials will be held to shortlist 16 players that will dorn Nigeria's colours at the T20 tournament in Uganda.

Meanwhile, the NCF, in line with the development objectives of the International Cricket Council, ICC of introducing cricket at the grassroots level, recently organised series of introductory courses in Ebonyi, Abia, Zamfara, Sokoto, Osun, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

A total number of 24 teachers and 100 students from 11 schools took part in the course in Ebonyi. Abia has 33 teachers/games masters and 111 students from 12 schools. 105 students took part in Zamfara. Sokoto has 106 students. Osun has 100 students from four schools. 15 games masters/teachers and over 100 students from Akwa Ibom, while in Bayelsa, over 100 students and 15 games masters/teachers took part in the course.

Wiltshire disclosed that the scope of the course covered the role of a coach, batting, bowling and fielding fundamentals, ways of dismissals, umpiring and scoring, planning a coaching session, volunteerism, the spirit of the game and practical coaching sessions.

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