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NIGERIA DEFEATS BOTSWANA AND GHANA TO KEEP QUALIFICATION HOPES ALIVE

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NIGERIA DEFEATS BOTSWANA AND GHANA TO KEEP QUALIFICATION HOPES ALIVE

The Nigeria Cricket National Men’s team AKA Yellow Greens puts aside day 1 disappointment against Kenya to record back to back wins against Botswana and West Africa rivals Ghana.

BOTSWANA vs NIGERIA (21/05/2019)

In day 2 of the ongoing ICC T-20 World Cup qualifier Africa Finals in Uganda, team Nigeria recovered from day one set back when they faced Botswana.

Botswana won the toss and elected to field first thereby sending in Nigeria to bat. Nigeria played a well-constructed innings in the opening stages but stumbled later in the game with wickets falling at quick successions. At the end of 20 overs, Nigeria managed a total score of 119 runs all out in the 20th over

Young Isaac Danladi from the victorious U-19 team led the way for Nigeria with 37 runs strongly supported by Joshua Ayannaike with 33 runs as the best performers with the bat for Nigeria.

In the second innings, Botswana started brightly in their run chase but the bowling attack of Nigeria was too strong as they struggled to string up a decent partnership. Isaac Okpe and Isaac Danladi tore into the hearts of the Botswana batting order to record an impressive bowling statistics of 2 wickets for 17 runs and 2 wickets for 23 runs in 4 overs respectively.

At the end of the second innings Botswana could only manage a total of 108 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.

Isaac Danladi was named man of the match.

Nigeria won by 11runs.

GHANA vs NIGERIA (22/5/2019)

Day 3 began with the freshness of the West Africa rivalry between Nigeria and Ghana. The most recent duel which qualified both countries for this tournament happened in Nigeria just over 12 months ago with Ghana emerging as victors.

The only constant thing in life is changed and with that defeat fresh in the minds of the Yellow Greens, the only way out was to serve the revenge very cold and no better stage to do it.

Ghana won the toss and elected to field first sending in Nigeria to bat. Nigeria set off on a decent note and progressed through the opening stages of the innings quite comfortably with 68 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 12 overs. A little scare in the middle of the innings with the loss of Isaac Danladi for no runs but Captain Ademola Onikoyi took charge of proceedings to eventually stare Nigeria to a quite comfortable score of 135 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

Ademola Onikoyi led the batting onslaught with 49 runs off 35 balls, strongly supported by Ovais Yusuf with 33 runs off 44 balls and late but valuable additions by Vincent Adewoye with 23 runs off 13 balls not out.

In the second innings, Isaac Okpe turned on the pressure on the Ghanaian opening pair to force errors and prevent the use of the bating power play overs. However, it was Vincent Adewoye who took the game away from their opponent by ripping through the middle order taking 4 wickets and conceding 18 runs in 4 overs with Isaac Danladi off spin producing 2 wickets for 10 runs in 3 overs.

Vincent Adewoye was named man of the match with an overall statistics of 23 runs off 13 balls and 4 wickets.

Nigeria eventually restricted Ghana to a total of 107 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

Nigeria will face Namibia in their next fixture on Thursday 23rd May 2019.

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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says

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A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.


He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.


Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.


“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.


“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.


“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.


“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.


“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.


He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”


The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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