Nigeria’s U-19 cricket team, the Junior Yellow Greens are on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup, after upsetting tournament favorite Uganda with 30 runs to remain the only unbeaten team at the African Qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia.
Though Nigeria struggled in the opening stages of the game, losing 4 wickets in the opening 15 overs with just 14 runs on the board, it seemed like a story with a bitter ending considering the quality of the Ugandan side, until, Nigerian Captain, Sylvester Okpe and Samuel Mba partnership secured a life-saving 54 runs that eventually raised the tally to 110 before running all out at 48 overs.
In all, Samuel Mba totaled a priceless 56 runs off 135 balls, supported by Sylvester Okpe with 26 runs as the best performer with the bat for Nigeria.
At the resumption of the second innings, Uganda was off to a flying start with 42 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 12 overs. Before the Junior Yellow Greens rose to the occasion with unmatched bowling attack. The team came to full swing when Taiwo Mohamed, Danladi Isaac, and Abolarin Rasheed tore into the hearts of the Ugandan batting lineup and shattered them into fragments too many to piece back together.
Uganda could only manage a total of 80 runs all out in 25.1 overs.
Mohamed Taiwo was named Man of the match with a heroic statistics of 4 wickets for 26 runs in 8.1 overs.
Nigeria won the match by 30 runs and goes straight to the top of the table with one hand firmly on the trophy.
The Junior Yellow Greens started their campaign to be at the World Cup with a stunning 52 runs victory over hosts Namibia. They kept the momentum going with a 58 runs win over Kenya in their second match in Windhoek.
Nigeria will play Tanzania on Thursday in what is regarded as formality match; as Tanzania is at the bottom of the log having lost all three matches in the series so far.
Should Nigeria win against Tanzania only Sierra Leone, who has also managed one win (against Tanzania) so far will be standing between the Nigerian team and the World Cup ticket on Saturday.