The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) has made a bold step to turn around the country’s fortunes in the sport by partnering with South African Cricket legend, Makhaya Ntini.
Under the new partnership, Ntini will work as the Technical Consultant to the Nigerian national team ahead of the upcoming International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifier and African Cricket Association (ACA) Tournament.
Making the announcement, Vice-President of NCF and Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the T20 qualifier, Uyi Akpata, said Ntini’s arrival would bring the much-needed depth to the NCF, ChannelsTV writes.
“We have a number of things going well for Cricket now and the inclusion of Ntini to our technical team would be a big boost to those developments.
“A good outing at ICC sub-regional T20 qualifier that we are hosting from April 14th to 21stis also a key deliverable that his coming will help our team with,” he said.
A former South African fast bowler and former coach of Zambia, Ntini said he is happy to work with the Nigeria Cricket Federation to realise their vision.
“I want to appreciate the Nigerian Cricket Federation who invited me and based on what I have seen in the last few days, I am impressed with the talents I met on ground,” he said.
As part of the deal, Ntini will run a two-day Fast Bowling Academy for young fast bowling talents in Nigeria.
Reacting to the development, Nigeria head coach, Uthe Ogbimi, appreciated the NCF for bringing Ntini, who was the first black player to play for the South African national cricket team.
“April is a very crucial month for us as host of the International Cricket Council sub-regional T20 qualifiers and ACA T20 Tournament. We have made a pledge to give our best and then come out tops at the two tournaments Nigeria will be hosting,” he said.
Ntini’s arrival is consistent with the overall goals of the Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) under the leadership of Professor Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, to return the National Team to global reckoning when it was inaugurated a year ago.