NCF unveils Kenyan as new coach


The Nigeria Cricket Federation has announced former Kenya player, Steve Tikolo, as the new head coach and high-performance manager of the NCF on a two-year contract.

Tikolo was unveiled at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos, where he was received by the NCF president, Uyi Akpata.

His appointment follows a restructuring of the coaching department. The Kenyan will now head the senior men’s team, and will be assisted by national coach Uthe Clive Ogbimi, while the other coaching structure remains the same.

Tikolo, who has met with the General Manager of the federation, Emeka Igwilo, will meet with other indigenous coaches and the NCF Technical Director, as he continues to familiarise with his new environment.

The 51-year-old is a former Kenyan cricketer, and a former One Day International captain, who is widely regarded as the greatest Kenyan cricketer ever.

He scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in One Day Internationals.

He has worked with Uganda and was the head coach of Tanzania national cricket team before joining Nigeria.

His initial contract will run for two years, with his first opportunity to meet with the senior team players when they resume camp on October 31 for the ICC T20 World Cup Africa Sub Regional Qualifier slated for Rwanda in November 2022.

Nigeria has been drawn in Group B, alongside Eswatini, Ghana, Mozambique, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and The Gambia.

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