Excitement and expectations build up as 2024 NCF/PWC National U17 kick-off 

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The 5th edition of the most exciting youth cricket festival in Nigeria is set to kick off tomorrow Friday January 26, 2024, across the country in 6 zones with zonal eliminations. 

According to the Nigeria Cricket Federation,(NCF) Development Manager South, Mr. Tonye Timinadi, 32 states are registered for the zonal playoffs for the male category and 26 for females. Mr. Timinadi was equally excited about the rising number of States interested in developing youth cricket in the country.

Unlike in previous years, the male players will in 2024 will be competing in 30 overs game against T20 games. This is to toughen the mental quality of the players who most often participate in the U19 national team on short calls after their discovery.

This development has made NCF demand all host cities must have a minimum of two cricket playing tuff.

The competition co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has given Nigeria great cricket players such as Prosper Useni, Paul Pam, Joshua Asia, Abdulkarim brothers, and Solomon Chilemanya among many others. Legendary female cricket players unearthed by the PwC partnership include Lilian Ude, Sarah Etim, Peculiar Agboya, Shola Adekunle, and Rukayat Abdulrasak.

Five states that will be competing in the south-south zone include Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Delta, Edo, and Rivers State. 

The Southeast is the only zone confirmed to start the zonal elimination from February 2nd to 6th in Imo State. The reasons an official said are due to technical and logistics challenges. The grand finale of the NCF/PWC National U17 Championship will take place from 7th to 11th February 2024 at MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

The title sponsor of the Championship, PwC says they are pleased with the outcomes of their partnership especially in girls’ participation and development in cricket games. Also, the financial accounting brand is committed to cricket because of the values of team spirit, leadership, and patriotism among participating youths across Nigeria.

NCF/PwC NATIONAL U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP: SOUTH-SOUTH ZONAL ELIMINATION.

BOYS EVENT/FIXTURES.

30 Overs.

GROUP A

Edo

Delta

Akwa Ibom

GROUP B

Rivers

Cross River.

DAY 1

Match 1 |  Edo vs Delta.

Match 2 | Rivers vs Cross Rivers.

DAY 2

Match 3 | Edo vs Akwa Ibom

Match 4 | Delta vs Akwa Ibom.

DAY 3 | Semi Finals

Match 5: Winner Group B vs 2nd Group A.

Match 6: Winner Group A vs 2nd Group B.

DAY 4 | 3rd Place

Match 7: Loser Match 5 vs Loser Match 6.

Finals

Match 8 | Winner Match 5 vs Winner Match 6.

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