Following Monday‘s demolition of Cameroon in the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup Africa sub-regional B Qualifier, Nigeria‘s Yellow Greens are now set for a top-of-the-table showdown with Tanzania in the series that takes place in Rwanda.
The match against Tanzania will take place today at the Gahanaga International Cricket Stadium in Kigali.
Both teams have a clean slate on the event so far, so the game will determine who tops the qualifying round before their final matches tomorrow.
Nigeria is ranked 43rd in the ICC T20i Rankings behind Tanzania which is ranked 31st in the world ranking record.
Nigeria’s last game is against their West African rival Ghana, who unfortunately have not had a good run in the event with a win and three straight losses so far.
Former Nigerian captain and player representative on the Nigerian Cricket Federation (NCF) board of directors Endurance Ofem believes the Nigerian side still have a thing or two to show for their next two matches.
“The team may be doing well, however I think we haven’t seen the best of talent represented.
I think against Tanzania, hoping some players have had enough rest, we can see the manager (Steve Tikolo) make some changes that will show us a different side of the team.
This is an interesting assembly of cricket talent.
Monday’s game against Cameroon was decided by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) limited by calculation method when rain washed away the game in the second innings.
The DLS favored the Nigerian side who had registered 31 runs in five overs, holding the Cameroonians to 72 runs and all in 19.
Nigeria captain Sylvester Okpe was man of the match as he dispatched five batsmen in the match.
Speaking after the match, Okpe said: “We had chosen to play when we saw the possibility that the weather conditions would not go well earlier in the day.
So, everything worked out well in our favor.