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3rd Edition Cricket National under 17 Tournament kicks off weekend



Joel Ajayi 
The National Under-17 Cricket Championship for Boys and Girls one of the biggest grassroots tournaments in the country under the sustained sponsorship of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will kick off come this weekend in across the country.  

The championship which has grown over the course of the last 2 editions will experience a record-breaking of 31 states featuring in the Boys category and 25 states in the Girls category respectively in this 3rd edition. 

In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officers, Musa Ehizoje Bodie on Tuesday in Abuja has it all set for the 3rd Edition.  

According to the statement, Ahead of the finals, there will be a qualification series among states across the 6 zones in the country from the 28th – 30th January 2022, and a regional team will be selected for the National Final scheduled to take place from the 15th -20th February 2022, in Abuja. 

The regional team selection is to allow all-inclusive participation that reflects the goal of spreading the game to every nook and crannies of the country.

While speaking with the main Partner PwC representative, Mr. Tolu Adeleke gave an insight to the partnership with the NCF thus far : 

“The National Under-17 Cricket Championship sponsored by PwC Nigeria is an avenue for PwC to solve societal problems especially in the areas of youth and teenage development.
” Thus, we are extremely proud of our collaboration with the Nigeria Cricket Federation. In line with our global strategy, The New Equation, we are delivering sustained outcomes with our involvement with the National U-17 Cricket Championship program now in its 3rd year and other developmental programs of the NCF- ultimately achieving our overall Societal Purpose of Reimagining Africa Together.

“We hope for more of these avenues to drive positive change and look forward to a very successful championship tournament this year.” He said.

For this year’s zonal qualification, FCT will host the North Central zone, Kaduna State will host the northwest zone, Gombe State will host the North East Zone, Ebonyi State will host the South East Zone, Edo State will host the South-South zone and Finally, Oyo State will host the South West Zone.

Meanwhile, the 2nd edition was a major success witnessed South-South as the runaway champions in both the Boys and Girls categories record-breaking performance from 14 years old Piety Lucky, who became the first female cricketer to score a century in the History of Nigeria and northwest Africa, which also earned her the record of being the youngest female to ever make the Nigeria Senior Women’s team.

South-South will look to retain their championship Status but not without a fight from other zones that have improved tremendously over the last 1 year. North West will always be a firm contender, not forgetting the South West and the South East. 

While, the North East continues to grow despite the security challenges as 3 out of 6 states will feature in this year’s event. The biggest news perhaps will be Gombe and Taraba states that will be producing both Boys and Girls for the play-offs.

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Ekiti FA Congratulates Flying Eagles’ Tolulope Ojo On WAFU Cup Heroics



By Akeem Busari 

Ekiti State Football Association has congratulated fast rising forward Tolulope Ojo for his historic feats during the just concluded WAFU U20 Championship held in Niger.

The fast paced attacker featured only in the semi final and the final matches of the competition. 

The Flying Eagles defeated Benin 3-1  in the final to emerge winners and qualify for the AFCON U-20 Championship slated to hold later year in Egypt. And with Ekiti State born and Remo Stars’ attacker Tolulope Ojo scoring a brace in the final match. 

Speaking with Nigeria Sports Centre, Ekiti FA Boss Bayo Olanlege, expressed his happiness on feat of the team, just as he was particularly thrilled by the performances of Ojo, who was discovered during one of the schools football tournaments in the state and then exposed to grassroots club football before he went ahead to don colours of Ekiti United, Bendel Insurance and Remo Stars. 

” We congratulate the Flying Eagles for emerging winners of the WAFU U20 Cup. However, it is more gratifying to note that our own ‘son’ Tolulope Ojo was the hero of the final match. We are indeed, proud of him and happy with his achievements so far,” the youthful football administrator remarked. 

“We also believe that the heroics of Ojo is a testament to the determination of the FA to develop grassroots football in the state and build a sustainable and longer lasting football ecosystem,” he stated confidently. 

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