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More than 40 IDPs expected to participate in Edo Cricket League

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Evelyn Omigie, the Camp Supervisor of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the International Christian Centre in Ohogua, says no fewer than 40 IDPs will participate in the 2020 Edo Cricket League.

Omigie told the Nigerian News Agency in Ohogua in the Ovia North East Local Governement Area of Edo on Monday that the IDPs are however cricket-playing children.

She said these children are part of the more than 2,000 children who have shown interest in the sport in the IDP camp.

“The decision to participate in the league is to further instill discipline and spirit of sportsmanship in the group of no fewer than 2,000 children in the camp.

“Already, the Edo Cricket Association has attached a coach to train the players in the camp thrice a week.

“But, even though the coach comes in thrice weekly to train the team, the children on their own train and attend to assignments given by the coach whenever he was not going to be around,’’ the official said.

Omigie said the IDPs are not going to be playing in the league for fun, but to make something out of the game.

“This can be attested to by the seriousness which the players have attached to the game during their training sessions,’’ the supervisor said.

She further told NAN that the 40 players have been placed in junior and senior teams in both the male and female categories.

“We are already mapping out strategy on to participate in the state cricket league, and I am positive that these players will not only represent the state, but the national team as well in the

future,’’ Omigie said.

The camp supervisor said further that, apart from cricket, the children in the IDP camp have also taken seriously to other sports activities.

She listed these sports to include: volleyball, handball and netball, football, basketball and table tennis.

“Even though we are yet to go outside the camp for any competitive game in these sports activities, but some teams have visited to play with us occasionally.

“So, we are using sports to cement the bond that exists among the children, and the IDPs have shown appreciation with seriousness and zeal thrown into these sports,’’ Omigie said.

(Edited by: Chinyere Bassey and Olawale Alabi)

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