Ghana and Nigeria advance to Africa finals


Nigeria skipper Chimezie Onwuzulike continued his wonderful form with the bat in the ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier tournament on Friday, to give the home side their third victory of the week at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval. 

Onwuzulike blazed a memorable 90 not out from 70 balls against The Gambia, carrying his bat in the process. He fell just short of what would have been a historic century for Nigeria, but his telling contribution was too much for visitors.

Onwuzulike struck eight fours and four sixes in his knock, propelling his side to 144 for three.

Ademola Onikoyi chipped in with 21, to give his skipper some support.

In response, The Gambians were rolled over for just 56 runs, as their woes continued. Andre Jarju scored 22 upfront, but Syvester Okpe then blew away the resistance, with four wickets for seven runs in a devastating spell.

Not to be outdone, Isaac Okpe helped himself to three scalps for six runs, to seal an 88-run drubbing.

Earlier, the table-topping Ghana saw their match against Sierra Leone abandoned due to persistent rain.

The final day of the tournament will see Nigeria look to exact revenge against Ghana, and see who will top the final standings.

In Saturday morning’s fixture The Gambia won the toss and chose to bat first against Sierra Leone.