By Stella Kabruk
Kaduna Cricket team has received N52 million to tour Uganda in preparation for the Cricket series and national league.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money was released to the team by Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai.
The state Director of Sports, Yakubu Ibrahim told NAN in Kaduna on Thursday that the cricket team will be in Uganda for nine days from July 16 to July 24.
“We want them to prepare well for the national league and other competitions so as to make the state proud.
“Already we have seven players from the state who are representing us in the national team and we want to have more,” Ibrahim said.
Head Coach of the team, Joe Oche-Onoja appreciated the state governor for the funds and pledged that the players will not put the state to shame.
“We shall make our governor proud because he has given us full support and sponsorship.
“Others promised but didn’t fulfil their promises to us; I hereby rate him as the best Governor because he picks children from streets to make them become something.”
The coach said the tour would help to prepare the team for the World Cup series.
“We are embarking on the tour to also prepare us for the national cricket league.
“The Cricket Federation has full calendar for grassroots development programmes, which is very motivating, and we have to prepare to keep our winning spirit.
” The cricket association in the state is doing all that is possible to prepare properly for the competitions, because our success in it will go along way in developing the sport.
” There is no trophy in cricket in the country that we have not won,” Oche-Onoja said.
He however appealed to the state governor to look at the female cricket team and also sponsor them.
” Presently we are second for the boys and champions in the girls’ category of the cricket league.”
He said the association is working hard to motivate the cricketers and provide opportunity for them to play well in all competitions.(NAN)