Cricket: Sports Minister Commends ICC, NCF For Excellent Organisation Of World Cup Qualifier

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has commended the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Nigeria Cricket Federation(NCF) for the excellent organisation of the just concluded ICC Under 19 Men Africa Division 2 World Cup Qualifier held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The minister said the pace and the dedication of the NCF to youth development and facility upgrade are commendable.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has commended the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) for the excellent organisation of the just concluded ICC Under 19 Men Africa Division 2 World Cup Qualifier held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the qualifier on Saturday, Mr Dare praised the NCF for being a focused and strategic federation that is carrying out the vision of the government for sports development to the letter.

He said the pace and the dedication of the NCF to youth development and facility upgrade are commendable, stating particularly that he is impressed with the investment in and upgrade of the twin cricket ovals at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Mr Dare said: “The facility here and what it means to sports development, especially cricket is a major win for the country and I commend the Nigeria Cricket Federation  for the vision and the investment. I also commend the ICC for the quality of administration and the trust in Nigeria to host this event. We look forward to working with them on the development of the game in Nigeria.”

The minister encouraged the Nigerian U19 team who lost the keenly contested final of the qualifier to Kenya to bounce back from the loss and put the lessons learned from it to good use during next year’s Division 1 World Cup playoffs in South Africa.

Kenya, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone will join Uganda, Tanzania, and Namibia in next year’s U19 Cricket World Cup playoffs in South Africa.

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