Kaduna team tour to Uganda will impact national team, says coach


Kaduna State Cricket Team Coach Joseph Onoja says his team’s Uganda tour will not only expose its players but also have a big impact on the national teams.

Nigeria’s news agency reports that a 30-man team will depart via an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Saturday for the event which begins on Sunday.

Onoja told NAN in Abuja on Friday that his team, which includes some national team players, will face a selected Ugandan elite team in a seven-game series.

“The tournament aims to expose the players to elite competition, with countries higher than Nigeria in the rankings. As we have national team players with us, the tour will improve their game.

“This is the third edition of the tour. Last year we played Uganda U19 team and won all five matches. We also did well the previous year.

“This time we hope to win all our matches and enjoy the experience as well,” the coach said.

He revealed that the tour which was due to end on May 26 was sponsored by the Kaduna State government as part of its sports development programme.

Onoja revealed that the 30-man squad includes players, referees, scorers, coaches and staff from the Kaduna State Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Onoja listed the players for the tour: Sylvester Okpe (captain), Daniel Gim, Ademola Onikoyi, Danladi Isaac, Yusuf Gershon, Sesan Adedeji and Isaac Okpe.

The others are Onoja Godwin, Joel Tabat, Jimoh Abdulrahman, Uboh Ifeanyi, Thomas Haruna, Huzaifa Abdulsalam and Samson Simon.



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