BRIEF HISTORY OF CRICKET IN NIGERIA
- Cricket is one of the first organized sports in Nigeria Introduced by the British
- Colonial Masters who played the game in the colonial Armed Forces.
- The missionaries taught the game at secondary schools across the country.
- Cricket was the first recorded international competition which Nigeria participated in. This was the Nigeria-Gold Coast international match in 1904.
Right up to the mid 70s, cricket enjoyed a pride of place in the sporting arena of Nigeria.
- At the secondary school level the Morocco-Clarke competition was played amongst the four regions of the country.
- At the senior level, there were a number of national competitions for clubs and states These include Elmore Cup, Martini Cup, etc.
- Nigeria had a strong cricket followership
- junior players at secondary school level
- a strong Club culture and structure
- a number of international matches were played in both West and East Africa.
The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF)
- A non-profit organization of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development
- Established to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Nigeria
The Board comprises of:
- One representative of each Geo-political zone 6
- Executive Member of the Continental or International Federation 1
- Nominee of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development 1
- Representative of National Association of Women in Sports (NAWIS) 1
- Representative of NAPHERD 1
- Representative of the Armed Forces, Police and Paramilitary 1
- Representative of Corporate Sponsors/Bodies 1