Nigeria rank fifth as Tanzania win Kwibuka Cricket title

The Nigeria Women’s Cricket Team completed their 8th Kwibuka campaign with victory over Brazil to claim fifth place at the Gahanga Cricket Oval in Kigali, Rwanda.

The 30-point win put the team back on a winning streak after a mid-tournament losing streak against Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Team coach Leke Oyede said: “The team struggled at some point but honestly they were teams that ranked higher and played better. But we learned things along the way and you will see it in the way the Nigerian girls played their last match.

Nigeria opened the tournament with three successive wins over Brazil, Germany and Botswana before the girls collapsed.

The Nigerian team coach attributed the series defeats to better opposition.

“We lost to all the teams that were naturally higher than us in the standings, but I think we could have salvaged one or two wins out of the four losses. But the team is growing and the games presented a deep learning curve for players individually and together as a team,” he added.

Meanwhile, Tanzania emerged victorious from the 8th Kwibuka Tournament on Saturday with a 44-point win over defending champions Kenya.

This victory leaves the Kenyan team short of their fifth Kwibuka title.

Tanzania became champions of the Kwibuka Women’s T20 Tournament for the third and second time since 2019.

They were unable to take part in the 2021 edition after the majority of national team players and technical staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Tanzanian Perice Kamunya was voted player of the last game in which she made 29 runs to inspire her team to the title.

Hosts Rwanda fell under the firepower of Ugandan women in the third place match and had to settle for fourth place.

Kwibuka debutants Germany and Brazil each picked up a victory.

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