Sportstech, NCF Cricket Lab ready for inauguration Sunday

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Mr. Uyi Akpata, President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), along with senior cricket associates and sports officials, will commission an indoor cricket facility known as the ‘Cricket Lab’ on Sunday, March 3, 2024, at TBS Oval, Lagos.

Our correspondent spoke with Mr. Ngozi Ogbogu, a Board Member of Sportstech Innovation Limited, who shared this information with the public. Sporstech is a private company that works with NCF to support the growth of cricket in Nigeria by developing facilities.

The indoor sports complex is modeled after a comparable cricket facility at the Lords Cricket Oval in England. The facility’s principal role is to permit cricket practice at night and during rainy days common to Nigeria.

“We are looking at schools, academies, and individual practice sessions. We want this facility to be a place where cricketers are happy to have. A place to raise young stars and parents are encouraged to register their children.” Mr. Ogbogu explained.

The facility also provides lounge services, a Sports cafe, coffee, food and changing rooms. Other provisions at the Cricket Lab include a Bowling Machine, Video Analysis, and a balcony view over TBS Oval. Mr. Ogbogu also mentioned that the cricket Lab will offer members of the public a hang-out spot while waiting for Lagos traffic to ease off.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Yellow Green Head Coach, Steve Tikolo valued and applauded the project construction as timely for the current pace of Nigeria’s cricket progress. 

“It is of immense value. I can tell you for free. It is good to have a facility like this because it allows you and your team to train whenever you want to train. You can train when it is raining and when you do not have your players in the daytime because of work or school commitments.”

“It is of immense value. I can tell you for free. It is good to have a facility like this because it allows you and your team to train whenever you want to train. You can train when it is raining and when you do not have your players in the daytime because of work or school commitments”

NCF president, Mr. Uyi Akpata last Wednesday made a project tour around the facility in company of the Rwanda Cricket Association President, Mr. Stephen Musaale, a Rwanda High Commission Diplomat, Sierra Leone Cricket Limited official, and a top member of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports

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