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Focus on secondary schools will promote grassroots cricket, ex-federation president says

By Ijeoma Okigbo

Emeka Onyeama, former president of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), called on stakeholders to focus on secondary schools as the key to grassroots game development.

Onyeama told the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that cricket could only compete with other popular sports in the country if a deliberate grassroots development effort was continued.

He said focusing on high schools was key to the nation’s progress in the sport.

“The base age of any growing child is between nine and 17 years old and you can find them in junior and senior high schools.

“This is the best step to fully introduce the sport at the grassroots. Primary schools are important, but that’s just to make the game popular with kids.

“It is in high schools that children can compete, be more exposed and have a better understanding of the game.

“It is at this point that we see a greater number of followers of the sport and an interest in the game in a professional manner. This is an area that all stakeholders need to focus on, if we are to develop the game, ” said Onyeama. (NAA)

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