ICC U19 World Cup: Nigeria Begin Final Lap Of Preparation



The National U-19 National team A.K.A Junior Yellow Greens have begun their final lap to the ICC U-19 world Cup scheduled to take place in South Africa in 2020.

The Junior Yellow Greens which until this point have defeated 8 countries in 2 qualifying divisions, 11 months of world breaking performance and rewriting the history books of Nigeria Cricket, is poised for the biggest stage where they will have the opportunity to once more put up impressive performance at the world cup proper.

Nigeria will have the chance to showcase what is regarded as years of hard work, commitment, dedication and focus when they lock horns against giants in the business like India, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand and likes.

In August 2018, a relatively unknown side left the shores of the country in a quest to gain promotion to division one and against all odds, qualified and became the revelation of the tournament. In March 2019, the Junior Yellow Greens came into the Division one tournament and was quickly tagged “underdogs” and rightly so especially with their first 3 fixtures against Namibia, Uganda and Kenya. The testament from that tournament is relatively fresh in our minds as Nigeria went unscathed through-out the tournament to pick the only qualification ticket.

As plans to ensure a decent participation in the world cup, the Nigeria Cricket Federation have gone into early preparations by inviting a total of 25 players to camp in Kaduna State for 2 weeks starting from July 1st 2019 before heading to Abuja. Prior to the world cup, Nigeria will engage in a series of pre-tournament tours to adequately prepare the team for the task ahead. Dates and venues of the tours will be announced as soon as plans have been concluded.

Players Invited are:

1. Sylvester Okpe
2. Isaac Danladi
3. Emmanuel Boniface
4. Jimoh Abdulraman
5. Elijah Olaleye
6. Sulaimon Runsewe
7. Miracle Ikaigbe
8. Peter Aho
9. Akhere Isesele
10. Taiwo Mohammed
11. Ifeanyi Uboh
12. Isiaka Audu
13. Rasheed Abolarin
14. Samuel Mba

Others include;

15. Douglass humble
16. Prosper Useni
17. Komolafe Kayode
18. Theophilus Jeremiah
19. Joshua Sunday
20. Huzaifa Abdulsalam
21. Segun Omolewa
22. Rilwan Abdulkareem
23. Adeyanju Seun
24. Paul Pam
25. David Agbo

The invitation of players to camp signals the beginning of the build up to the world cup in South Africa. A final 14 players will be selected to represent the country.
Hope is high that Nigeria will certainly perform at the first appearance in the U19 Cricket World.

Credit: Nigeria Cricket

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