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Nigeria hope to build on recent success

Thu, May 12, 2011 3:27 PM

Nigeria hope to build on recent success
Endurance Ofem at the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 7
Nigeria skipper Endurance Ofem believes the side's experience at the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 7 will be invaluable in helping his side gain promotion from ICC Africa Division 2.

The captain, who led his team to runners-up position in the Division 7 event in Botswana last week, hopes his side will take a step closer to the ICC World Twenty20 2012 and thinks the time together as a squad in the past month will give it an advantage over its rivals.

"We spent some time in Benoni in preparations for the World Cricket League leading up to this tournament. Three weeks hard work with the world league on the road to the this tournament should play a positive role in our campaign," said Ofem.

Ofem admitted that as this is the first Africa T20 tournament at this level, it is hard to predict who will be the sides threatening Nigeria's chances of advancing to Division 1 in July.

"It will be hard to tell which team will gain promotion. It's the shortest format of the game and this is the first time we will be competing amongst ourselves at this format, but we remain positive."

Ofem is also keen to do well at the event as international success in recent times has helped boost the profile of cricket in Nigeria.

"Since promotion into the World Cricket League in 2008 and our curent promotion to Division 6, the game has continuously gained followership. It might not compete alongside football in terms of popularity, but it has gained profile. The press is following closely the events that we play in."

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