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.
North East Commission; Group Heads For Court Over Reappointment of Former MD. Mohamed Alkali
…. Exposed How Billion was looted
Crises situations in the North East, might assume another dimension, as the North East Commission statutory established to address humanitarian crisis and infrastructural deficit, as a result of insurgency , is embedded in management crises over the appointment of the management Director.
Just as the Reappointment of Mohammed Alkali Goni, after serving his five years as tenure in office as the managing Director has become a matter of litigations, allegations of mismanagement of resources in the Commission has emerged over the weekend in Abuja .
Addressing newsmen, in Abuja on Saturday, North East pressure Group, said that the appointment of management Staff of the Commission has been politicise to a level where every appointment zone to the North East has been taken over by Borno state
The Coordinator of the group , Dr. Haruna Garus Gololo, a political activist, who led the group in a terse press Statement said that the group will be left with no option than to approach the Court to seek redress , if the concerned authorities failed to address the rot in the Commission.
” We are constraint, to draw the attention of the President and Commander of the Armed Forces, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, to the abuse of the Act. establishing the North East Commission ( NEC), by his Vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima over the statutory appointment of the managing Director of the Commission “
” The Act . clearly defined the procedures and laid down rules on the appointment of the Managing Director upon the approval by the National Assembly, which stipulates five years tenure, it is this act that has been subjected to gross Constitutional abuse with the Reappointment of Alkali, after years in Office ” he said.
Dr. Gololo, also an All progressive Congress ( APC), Chieftain said that
” Since the inceptions of this administration, every Federal appointments meant for North East is being taken to Borno state with impunity .”
Continue, the one coordinator of the All progressive Congress (APC), pointed at the appointment of the Minister of Agriculture and the recent Reappointment of Mohammed Alkali Goni, for another five years as against the Constitutional provisions “
” There are about six states in the North East, Gombe , Bauchi, Yobe and Borno, but all the appointment have been to Borno”
He warned that” we have concluded our investigations using some auditors and discovered the billions of stolen in the Commission, rather than addressing the challenges in North East, the management has become part of the crises because of their desperation to cover up the monumental Corruption”
Gololo, accused the Vice president, Senator Kashim Shettima of the implications of supporting the Reappointment of Alkali, as this may further create another crises in the Commission.
” We are given the presidency only Seven days to reverse the Reappointment of Alkali, because it is the turn of Gombe state, we have competent people in Gombe and Bauchi “
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