By Ijeoma Okigbo
Joseph Okonobo, the Edo male cricket coach, says fatigue hampered the state’s chances of a fourth gold medal in cricket at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF).
Edo swept the men and women six-a-side event, winning the gold medals, as well as the T20 women’s event at the NSF tagged “Edo 2020” in Benin.
But a more determined Kaduna team humbled the hosts as they lost by six wickets in the T20 finals on Thursday.
Okonobo, who was not happy about the defeat, however praised the team’s performance while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“I feel a little bit down, but I will still give kudos to the boys because they were all tired.
“We participated in the national men’s cricket tournament which ended a day before the commencement of the festival.
“We played about five matches and they won that tournament and resumed at the festival immediately.
“So, the boys are really tired, hence they lost the match. They tried their best to salvage the situation but their state of fatigue was obvious in their play,’’ he added.
In the match, Team Edo won the toss and opted to bat.
They were limited to 50 runs all out in 14.1 overs.
Kaduna needed 51 runs to win and raced quickly to that score in 10.4 overs with four wickets out.
NAN reports that the One Day International (ODI) event begins Friday. (NAN)