Alaro City brings Nigeria women’s cricket across the line
Partnership supports Nigeria Cricket Federation’s international tournament on 25 March-3 April
23 March 2023 – Alaro City, Lagos’ new city in the Lekki Free Zone, announced it will partner with the Nigeria Cricket Federation to support the Women’s Tournament Ovals Games International in Lagos on 25 March to 3 April 2023.
The tournament, in its second year, features players from Gambia, Cameroon, Ghana, Botswana, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
Commending Alaro City’s sponsorship, Uyi Akpata, President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, said, “Nigeria’s women’s national team is one of the most improved on the continent in recent times, and the rate of adoption and investment in women’s cricket across the country makes the event a major part of our development agenda.”
Yomi Ademola, Managing Director of Alaro City, a partnership between Rendeavour, Africa’s largest new city builder, and Lagos State Government, said the company believes in “empowering women and girls – a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal– in communities where Rendeavour cities are located.”
Ademola continued: “Alaro City’s commitment to building a sustainable future is reflected in our support for local and national initiatives with impact that transcends generations”.
The Nigeria Cricket Federation, apart from winning a global award for its development efforts in 2022, also commissioned a turf wicket at the Iyoba College (an all-girls school in Benin City) to drive deeper adoption of the game of cricket.
“From our deliberate investment in women and girls, we have a retinue of new talents challenging virtually every established player in the national team. Just like last year, where we had some Under 19 players represent the country and also prove themselves at the maiden event, we may be having new challengers for the supposed established players in the national teams,” Akpata added.
In the 2022 tournament, the Rwanda Women’s National Team beat Nigeria to win at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos. The event also featured Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia, who used the event to stake their claim for ranking points on the International Cricket Council T20i log.
Akpata said that this year’s event will feature all the teams that participated in 2022, with Cameroon as a first-time entry.
Alaro City’s support will also contribute to ensuring that both Tafawa Balewa Square and the University of Lagos Ovals are being put in the best shape as the two host venues.