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Kwibuka WT20I: Etim, Esiegbe, 12 others make NCF list

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) have released a fourteen-man list to represent the country in the 2022 Kwibuka Women’s Tournament in Kigali, Rwanda.

The 10 days event scheduled from 9 to 18 June 2022, organised by the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) in honour of the departed souls lost in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, host defending champions Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Brazil, and Germany.

According to the report by NCF Public Relations Officer, Musa Ehizoje Bodie, Nigeria’s cricket female team, Female Yellow Green, who represent the country in their second attempt at the 8th edition of the memorial event, will face the likes of Brazil and Germany, first-timers, to battle for the diadem.

“A final list of 14 players have been drafted for the tournament with long-serving patriots of the Female Yellow Greens making the cut once again,” Musa said.

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“Blessing Etim will lead the team as captain, supported by Favour Esiegbe as her vice, Esther Sandy returns to the squad after falling short in the Nigeria Women’s Invitational Tournament earlier this year in Lagos, Rukayat Abdulrasaq makes her debut for the country to complete the quartet from Kwara State,” he added.

Furthermore, Musa clarified that one of the promising top cricketers unavoidably absent for selection was substituted with debutant Sarah Etim.

He said, “Batting prodigy Lucky Piety is unavailable due to studies which also provided the opportunity for another new entrant to the team in the person of Sarah Etim.”

Nigeria open her encounter in the tournament against Brazil on the 9th of June 2022 at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium in the afternoon fixtures scheduled for 1:30 pm.

The Female Yellow Greens will depart the shores of the country on Tuesday 7th June 2022.

COMPLETE LIST OF 14 PLAYERS

1 Blessing Etim (C)
2 Favour Esiegbe (V.C)
3 Abigail Igbobie (W.K)
4 Kehinde Abdulquadri
5 Agatha Obulor
6 Esther Sandy
7 Salome Sunday
8 Omonye Asika
9 Rachael Samson
10 Rukayat Abdulrasaq
11 Miracle Imimole
12 Taiwo Abdulquadri
13 Lilian Udeh
14 Sarah Etim

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