Ahead of the Africa Premier League T20 Division 1 Tournament scheduled to hold in Entebbe, Uganda from the 9th-15th July 2011, the National Selectors have chosen 14 players after three weeks of intensive training under the watchful eyes of Coach Ewa Henshaw.
Captain Endurance Ofem (BRFCC) tops the list of invited Players which also has Ademola Onikoyi, Saheed Akolade, Seye Olympio, Bejide Jide, Joshua Ogunlola, Lekan Awolowo and new entrant Leke Oyede who all play for League Champions BRFCC. Others include Vice-Captain Kunle Adegbola, Ramit Gill and Segun Olayinka (Government College Ibadan Old Boys Cricket Club) Emmanuel Okwudili (Federal Government College, Tope Olayinka (Foundation Cricket Club) and Ricky Sharma who is also making his debut National team call up but plays for relegated Lagos Asians Cricket Club. The duo of Femi Oduyebo (FGCWOBCC) and Chibuike Iteogu (GCIOBCC) are placed as standby with two officials in Kome Agodo (Team Manager) and Coach Ewa Henshaw deputising for Sean Phillips who is currently in South Africa.
The side which is expected to leave Nigeria on July 1st 2011 for a close camp in Uganda for 6 days will move to their hotel on the 8th of July and a day after they begin their campaign with Namibia at the Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kenya is next at the same venue, host Uganda will also welcome Nigeria to the same venue and African Neighbours Ghana at the Lugogo Cricket Oval in a round robin format twice while the top two teams books a place in the next phase except for Kenya who have automatically qualified.
Coach of Nigeria Cricket National Team Ewa Henshaw said “I hope the boys can just play to their full potential because I’m so convinced that this bunch of Players who are prepared to represent the Country are Bunch of talented side that needs to play optimally.”
He went further to add the importance of preparing very hard for this daunty task knowing fully well our opponents are not going to sleep for us to roll over them and I would enjoin 150 million Nigerians to continue supporting us with prayers.