• Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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South African ex-international star Ntini partners NCF as technical consultant

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The Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) has contracted the services of South African Cricket legend, Makhaya Ntini as the Technical Consultant to the Nigerian national team ahead of the International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifier and African Cricket Association (ACA) Tournament, this month.

Vice-President of NCF and Chairman, Local Organizing Committee of the T20 qualifier, Uyi Akpata, disclosed this in Lagos and said that the coming of Ntini would give the NCF technical bench a depth that is necessary to compliment the effort of the coaching crew ahead of busy schedules in the coming months.

“We have a number of things going well for Cricket now and the inclusion of Ntini to our technical team would be a big boost to those developments. A good outing at ICC sub-regional T20 qualifier that we are hosting from April 14th to 21stis also a key deliverable that his coming will help our team with.”

Ntini, a former South African fast bowler, and a former Zambian coach has said he is happy to work with the Nigeria Cricket Federation to realise their vision.

“I want to appreciate the Nigerian Cricket Federation who invited me and based on what I have seen in the last few days, I am impressed with the talents I met on ground”.

Ntini will also be expected to run a 2-day Fast Bowling Academy for young fast bowling talents in Nigeria.

Coach of the national team, Uthe Ogbimi, on his part is full of praises for the NCF for bringing in Makhaya Ntini, the first black player to play for the South African national cricket team. According to him this will not only enhance the performance of the national team players but also help develop the game at the grassroot level.

“April is a very crucial month for us as host of the International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifiers and ACA T20 Tournament. We have made a pledge to give our best and then come out tops at the two tournaments Nigeria will be hosting”.

The Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) under the leadership of Professor Yahaya Adam Ukwenya had promised to return the National Team to global reckoning when it was inaugurated a year ago, with Ukwenya adding that;

“We had a roadmap when we came on Board and we are keeping strictly to the developmental plans we have outlined. We are most grateful to the ICC and the ACA for granting us hosting rights for 2 international tournaments, back-to-back. With their support and that of our growing number of corporate sponsors, we are confident of a brighter future for Nigerian cricket.”

 

Anthony Nlebem