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Cricket Ovals completion excites Onyeama

*We can host international tourneys now

Outgoing president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Engineer Emeka Onyeama, has described the completion of the first phase of the two Cricket ovals in Abuja as a dream come true.

The world class facilities which is first of its kind in Nigeria and the West African sub region which started under the Onyeama-led NCF is located at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja.

Checking the progress on the Cricket Oval
Checking the progress on the Cricket Oval

Onyeama while speaking on the significance of the first turf wicket in West Africa said the construction of the world class facility is one of the key achievements of his board between 2013 and 2017.

“When we came on board, our focus was how to institutionalise the sport of Cricket in Nigeria and popularise the game at the grassroots which has never been before.

“These cricket ovals are Nigeria’s ticket to the global cricket community. There are so many gains in this noble venture by the NCF.

“Upon completion of these facilities, the country can now bid for international competitions which will in no small way impact on the overall development of the sport in Nigeria.”

According to him, the federation is happy with the success recorded in starting a sustainable development plan for cricket in Nigeria which was recently acknowledged by the 36 states Directors of Sports.

The new Cricket Oval's pitch is green and lush
The new Cricket Oval’s pitch is green and lush

“Our players will now have direct access to top class facilities to train, play their league games and train for international competitions.”

He used the opportunity to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports under the leadership of Barrister Solomon Dalung for their unwavering support.

“The large expanse of land we are constructing these two ovals was graciously given to us by the ministry. Without their support, the project would not have seen the light of the day.”

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