Federation organizes cricket clinic for students, aims to discover talents in South-East

Federation organizes cricket clinic for students, aims to discover
talents in South-East
By Emenike Danile

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) says its aim of organizing a
students’ clinic is to discover budding talents for the sports in
Enugu and by extension the South-East.

The three-day clinic, which was organised by NCF in partnership with
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), involved eight secondary schools in
Enugu State.

The Federation’s Regional Development Officer (South-East), Charles
Obasi, told newsmen on Wednesday that the event and other cricket
events to come would popularize the sports in schools in Enugu and the
region.

Obasi noted that the clinic also covers a training sessions for school
instructors as well as physical education teachers from the
participating secondary schools so that they can continue coaching the
students after the clinic.

He noted that the federation would provide soft balls and bat shapes
for the school to continue training the students after the clinic;
while it would partner with the state’s sports ministry to be sending
cricket coaches to the schools to monitor their development.

He said: “We in the federation is looking beyond today to a future
where great cricket giants will be coming from this part of the
country especially Enugu State.

“The Federation strongly believes that cricket will soon be a huge
money spinner in the country with a strong national league just as it
is in South-Africa, India and Australia today. Those who play cricket
will be highest sports earning men and women very soon’’.

According to him, the Federation will be organizing first-ever
secondary schools cricket competition in late January in Enugu to
further showcase the sports to enlarged fans of the sports.

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The Federation’s National Development Manager (South), Tonye Timinadi,
said that as the lead instructor, he observed that the students
participated in the clinic with excitement to learn more about
cricket.

“With the excitement in them; as an instructor, I see great
cricketers in the making. The future is bright for them with their
present attitude to the sports.

“I will be coming back to Enugu State in few weeks to see how the
budding cricketers and their instructors are faring in various
schools,’’ Timinadi said.

Rev. Fr. Chijioke Ede, Principal, St. Patrick College, Emene near
Enugu, said that the school was elated to host these students learning
about cricket for the first time, as this great opportunity would
bring greater goodwill to the school.

“Self development does not come from reading or academics alone; but
a students can develop a talent in sports especially cricket and he
gets livelihood, fame and money from it as well. So, it is a welcomed
development,’’ Ede said.

One of the participating students, Miss Maryanna Uka from Anglican
Girls Grammar School, Akwananaw in Enugu, said that she had learnt in
the game of cricket to obey the umpire and play according to
instruction.

Another participant, Master Obinna Ezema from Good Shepherd Anglican
Seminary School, Independent Layout, Enugu, said that he had learnt
that the game of cricket can make one be disciplined and physically
fit.

The theme of the three-day clinic, which lasted from Nov. 16 to Nov.
18, was: “NCF 9ja Kids Mass Participation in Cricket in Enugu
State’’.

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