Blessing Etim, Captain of Nigeria’s women cricket team, says the inclusion of more coaches to the team’s technical bench will spur the team to victory.
Etim stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Gaborone ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
She said that only a single technical staff was usually assigned to the team, but now, the team has four staff working with them.
“This is the first time in the history of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) that four coaches would be assigned to the women’s team to work with them, ahead of this event.
“The coaches are Onome Oghenekevwe (head coach), Theophilus Ibodeme (Asst. coach), Seye Olympio (physiotherapist) and Leke Oyede (Consultant coach).
“Their wealth of knowledge and experience has shaped our style of play throughout the five weeks we were in camp in Edo state.
“It is huge one for us and we are more prepared and optimistic to begin our campaign in the qualifiers as we look forward to victory,’’ Etim added.
This would be Nigeria’s third outing in the event and Etim, who had participated in the previous two, said they were more prepared for battle this time.
“The first qualifiers was in 2011 in Uganda; we were much younger and really mature in the game. We tried our best in 2019 Zimbabwe, but it wasn’t good enough.
“This time around, we are prepared better. We have worked on our challenges and improved on our mental and physical strength.
“Hopefully, we will not disappoint the country and the federation, especially Uyi Akpata, the immediate past vice president of the federation, who has been very supportive of the team.
“We hope for the best,’’ Etim, who is standing in as Captain for the absent Samantha Agazuma, nursing a knee injury she sustained earlier, added.
Nigeria, in group B, begins her campaign against Sierra Leone on Thursday before meeting Namibia, Uganda, and Cameroon.
Group A comprises host Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Only one team is expected to qualify from the 11-nation tournament beginning on Thursday, Sept. 9. (NAN)
2022 U-20 WWC: Netherlands Defeat Falconets
Two first half goals by the Netherlands earned them a 2-0 win against Nigeria’s Falconets in Sunday’s quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
It is a first ever appearance in the semi-finals for the Netherlands at the U-20 women’s World Cup.
The last time the Falconets made it to the semi-finals was at the 2014 edition in Canada.
Victory against the Falconets means the Netherlands will take on Spain in the semi-finals.
FIFA Suspends Indian Football Federation Over Third-Party Influence
FIFA has suspended the Indian football federation meaning that the country will not currently be able to host the under-17 Women’s World Cup in October.
Football’s world governing body said its council unanimously decided to suspend the All India Football Federation “due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFA statutes”.
Federations must be free from legal and political interference, according to FIFA rules.
The AIFF is in disarray and being run by administrators after former chief Praful Patel stayed in office beyond his term without fresh elections, which courts ruled invalid.
Fresh elections are to be held on August 28 and the poll process began last week after India’s Supreme Court approved a timeline prepared by the administrators.
India is due to host the U-17 tournament on October 11-30 but FIFA said on Monday that because of the suspension it “cannot currently be held in India as planned”.
FIFA said that it was “in constant constructive contact with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India and is hopeful that a positive outcome to the case may still be achieved”.
Indian men’s and women’s national teams also cannot play junior or senior international games during the suspension.
Former men’s captain Bhaichung Bhutia called the suspension “very harsh”.
“At the same time I think it’s a great opportunity to get our system right,” he told Indian sports news outlet Sportstar.
“And very important that all the stakeholders — the federations, state associations, sport ministry — come together to get the system right and everybody work for the betterment of the sport.”
India captain Sunil Chhetri had recently advised his players “not pay too much attention” to the FIFA ban threat as the situation was out of their control.
“The suspension will be lifted once an order to set up a committee of administrators to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee has been repealed and the AIFF administration regains full control of the AIFF’s daily affairs,” FIFA said.
Dollar Rain for Amusan, Brume, others from Sports Ministry for Commonwealth successes
Team Nigeria medallists and their coaches at the 2022 Commonwealth Games have received their cash rewards from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their heroics in Birmingham.
Athletes who won gold medals received $5,000, silver medallist received $3,000, while bronze medallists got $2,000. Athletes who represented Nigeria in the 4 x100 relay received $15,000 for the team.
Amongst those who got rewarded are Women’s 100m Hurdles Champion, Tobi Amusan, 200m Silver medallist and long jump winner, Ese Brume among others.
The Coaches and officials also got rewarded by the ministry for their roles in Team Nigeria’s success.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare ensured that three weeks camping allowance was paid to all athletes.
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