Nigeria’s men’s national cricket team Yellow Greens are in Zimbabwe on a week-long training tour ahead of their billed T20 Regional B World Cup Qualifier series against Rwanda.
The Nigerian team arrived in Zimbabwe from the Robert Mugabe Airport on Tuesday and have scheduled some warm-up matches against Zimbabwe’s Mid-West Rhinos as the team continues to prepare for the playoffs.
In the two warm-up games decided at Touchwood Lodges and Kwekwe Sports Club on Thursday, the Yellow Greens lost the first by 126-122 runs, hit the pace in the second game with a comfortable 102-59 win in the second. the game
The team will continue their training session at the same center on Friday, Saturday 26th and 27th November, and Sunday 27th to finish the training tour.
The National Coach of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Clive Ogbimi, told our correspondent that the team is doing well under coach Steve Tikolo.
“We adapted quite well and the coach is happy with the boys’ effort.
“We chose Zimbabwe because of the good playing conditions. The opposition is strong enough to give the Caps a tough time and stretch our guys. The different varieties of bowling will allow our batsmen to be tested to the limits of their abilities,” Ogbimi told our correspondent.
The Mid West Rhinos is one of four cricket franchises in Zimbabwe. They are a first class cricket team based in the Midlands province and Mashonaland West area. They play their home games at Kwekwe Sports Club in Kwekwe.
Nigeria will depart Zimbabwe on Monday, November 28, and join arch-rivals Rwanda for the knockout stages.
The T20 Regional World Cup qualifiers are already in Rwanda and are expected to join Nigeria from November 28 to December 8 as the Yellow Greens are drawn in Group B with Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Eswatini, The. Gambia and Cameroon.
The top 2 teams will go to the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States.