Cricket World Cup Arrives In Nigeria
Prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup, the FIFA World Cup was in Nigeria and many fans were happy with the buzz around the coveted soccer emolument
Now, the International Cricket Council has confirmed that game’s World Cup trophy would arrive Abuja, Nigeria at noon on Monday February 11, 2019, to begin a three-day Tour of the country as part of the build up to the 2019 World Cup.
Nigeria despite not being eligible to participate in the World Cup in the United Kingdom later in June, has been picked as one of the countries that the World Cup would visit, in recognition of her growing interest in the game.
President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Yahaha Ukwenya, who was elected the head of the body in June 2017, said he and his team could not have thought about this, eighteen months back, when they assumed leadership,
“I believe we have communicated to the world, how passionate our team is, in several ways, and, how ready we are to grow the game in these few months that we have run Cricket as a new board, that was what earned us this” he said.
The trophy would be hosted in Abuja and Lagos. While in Abuja, it will be received by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, and visit some iconic places like the Shehu Musa Yar' adua cultural center and the Katampe hills; in Lagos, it will be received by Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and also displayed at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval on Lagos Island.
“The tour of the World Cup Trophy is presently the biggest activity in the game of cricket, the world over, and Nigeria has been placed on that map by sheer effort of the dedicated people that make up the leadership of the Nigeria Cricket Federation.
This is the first time the World Cup Trophy is coming to this part of Africa. It is indeed a honour.” Uyi Akpata the NCF Vice President said.
‘We have a lot people in the cricket community that have been yearning to have a taste of World Cup Trophy and we are working out a very fair ground that would be inclusive for all the groups represented in our diverse community in Nigeria, both students, diplomatic community, professionals, enthusiast and sports fans” he added.