We lack facilities for progress in competition -- Cricket Manager
July 22, 2011 14:54
Lagos, July 22, 2011 (NAN) Kome Agodo, the Team Manager, Nigeria Cricket Federation, (NCF) has expressed fears that inadequate facilities might hinder their performance at the International Cricket Council (ICC), Division six competition in Malaysia later in September.
Agodo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that his fear was as a result of their lacklustre performance at the just concluded Africa T-20 event in Uganda.
He attributed their poor performance in Uganda to the inclement weather in Lagos which hampered their level of training preparatory to the competition.
``The rains thwarted the level of training we would have had because it is not good for the equipment used for playing and health conditions of players.
``And this would have been avoided if an indoor training ground with facilities was available like in other countries where players can train if the weather condition outside is not favourable,'' Agodo said.
The team manager said that the federation would take steps geared towards building a strong team by looking into recruiting younger players.
He, however, said that in spite of the poor outing in Uganda, Nigeria was still ranked fourth in Africa.
``We emerged fourth in the event therefore making us still ranked fourth in Africa,” the team manager said.
Agodo added that they were still being challenged by the rainfalls in Lagos which continued to hinder their training ahead of the Division Six competition.
According to him, the idea of camping outside Lagos was not being considered because it will not be cost effective.
``We are currently being challenged with the rainfalls in Lagos State where we have the necessary facilities to train and the idea of camping outside Lagos will incur more expenses.
``Because most of our players are based in Lagos and environs, making it easy and less expensive for them to come for training,” he said.
However, Agodo assured that the team would gradually become a strong force to reckon with.
Edurance Ofem, captain of the national team, told NAN that they have to step up their game, not minding the fact that the countries they contested with are better teams.
``The other countries were better than us, however, it is not an excuse for not performing well.
``Therefore, we have to step up our game so that we can perform better in the World League Division six in Malaysia,” he said. (NAN)