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Cricket will overtake football in Nigeria – Kambarami

*Nigeria will be among top cricket nations

By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis

Leader of ICC Development Manager for Africa Patricia Kambarami has promised to support Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) to make the game number one sport in Nigeria.

Kambarami said this when her team visited Nigeria on a five-day working visit. The team had earlier visited the Nigerian minister, Solomon Dalung, in his office in Abuja and they also visited the Cricket ovals.

Patricia Kambarami, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya of Nigeria and guests speaking to journalists
Patricia Kambarami, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya of Nigeria and guests speaking to journalists

In a chat with journalists, Kamabarami said, Nigeria is the biggest nation in size, economy and in population in Africa. It is the desire of Cricket Africa to see that Nigeria is among the top cricket nations. It is our ambition, with time, for the game to grow and that is one of the aims of ICC Africa.

Kambarami, a South African added, “we want every Nigerian to start playing the game so that the growth will be an advantage to Africa. We want Nigeria to be part of those that will be competing for the World Cup soon.

“I just wish Nigeria will make it to the semi finals of the World Cup and you will see how the fellowship will grow in the country,” she enthused.

I hope the integration process is for a 10-year period and by this time Nigeria will be ready for the world.

Speaking further, President of Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya, who feel sad that despite playing Cricket in Nigeria for over a decade the country has not made it to the top of the ranking in Africa but assured that the country will be one of the top 18 teams in the world soon.

He however assured the visitors that with the support from the Cricket Africa, Nigeria will be the toast of the world in Cricket.

The president is also proud to tell Cricket faithfuls that the Federations will be honouring the past heroes of the game at a Gala nite in Lagos after the finals of the Mens National Championship, we want to do what has never been done before we want to bring everyone together to celebrate them and also to tell the world that cricket in Nigeria is a game that is loved by all.

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