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2023 Asaba NYG: NCF Board Donates Equipment To Participating states

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Joel Ajayi 

Grassroots development is the spine behind the sustenance of any sport and for Cricket, the story is much the same. Ahead of the National Youth Games slated from the 21st to 30th of September 2023 in Asaba Delta State, The Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation led by Mr. Uyi Akpata, on behalf of the Federation has donated playing equipment to all the participating states that will be featuring during the games. 

This timely intervention is in line with the first of the 5 key strategic pillars of development by the Board of the NCF which is *‘’Promoting the game of Cricket at all levels (Male/Female) through grassroots development in the six geo-political zones”

 Also, this donation will ensure that participating states will have the standard high-quality equipment to facilitate the tournament and also take back home which in turn guarantees that these states now possess the right equipment to continue training for their youngsters, especially with the National Under-17 championship in sight.

Items donated are:  30 junior batting gloves, 10 junior batting pads, 5 Junior Wicket keeper’s glove,  30 youth bats and 40 youth gloves

Other equipment expected as part of the donations include more junior pads, Helmets, thigh guards, etc.

For the tournament, The Board has also donated *18 packs of balls* to ensure its smooth execution. 

The presentation of these equipment by Mr. Uyi Akpata on behalf of the Board which spills in millions of Naira, comes on the backdrop of the discussion with the Chairman of the Development Committee Sir. Chika Okoro with the aim of balancing the development structure of the game across all areas.

13 states drawn across the 6 geo-political zones including the host are expected to participate at this year’s National Youth Games in both male and female categories. Cricket will feature 3 events which are the One Day 50 overs, T-20 and 6-A-Side.

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Football Charity Cup: Team Attom pounces Team Celebrity 4-1

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Joel Ajayi 

Its was a gale of enjoyment,fun and celebration for many resident of FCT over the weekend as the arrays of legend players all over the world as well as Nigerians entertainer dazzled In football charity Cup.

Legend players like the former Arsenal of England star, Emmanuel Ebue,  former Chelsea of England star, Claude Makelele, comedians, AY, Sabinus and Broda Shaggy

Other notable music stars like Tiwa Savage, Wande Cool,  and several other top celebrities graced the occasion.

The Match was organized by the Attom Foundation to raise funds and awareness to support eye care treatment for at least 10,000 Nigerians, particularly the elderly, affected by vision problems such as refractive errors, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma.

However, Moshood Abiola National Stadium came alive with overwhelming crowds  as Team Attom pounced Team Celebrity 4-1 to win the inaugural edition of  Attom Charity Champions cup.

Super Eagles star, Kelechi Iheancho was the hero of Saturday’s  match played at the Moshold Abiola stadium.

Iheancho was definitely a thorn in the defence of the opposing team that was led by former Super Eagles captain, Jay Jay Okocha. His effort saw him score a brace and creating the penalty.

Hoever, the Jay Jay Okocha team paraded several current and former Super Eagles players in addition to other former international football stars in their midst. The team had the likes of Ahmed Musa, Samuel Chukwueze, Kenneth Omerou, former South African, Mark Fish to mention but a few.

Despite all their efforts which saw them mostly dictating the pace of the game, their matter was not helped by the glaring misses of Samuel Chukwueze who had several begging chances to score but squandered them all.

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