The Nigerian under-19 national cricket team are one foot into the ICC U-19 World Cup, after upsetting Uganda with 30 runs on Wednesday at the ongoing African Qualifiers in Namibia.
Nigeria won by 30 runs to stay unbeaten at the qualifiers and stay top of the standings with one hand firmly on the competition trophy and ticket to the World Cup.
The Nigerian team though struggled in the openings stages of their third game, as they lost 4 wickets in the opening 15 overs with just 14 runs on the board.
The duo of team captain Sylvester Okpe and Samuel Mba secured a life-saving 54 runs which eventually raised the tally to 110 before running all out at 48 overs.
In all, Mba totalled a priceless 56 runs off 135 balls, supported by Okpe with 26 runs as the best performer with the bat for Nigeria.
Meanwhile, at the resumption of the second innings, Uganda were off to a flying start with 42 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 12 overs.
The Junior Green Yellows came to full swing when Taiwo Mohammed, Danladi Isaac and Abolarin Rasheed tore into the hearts of the Ugandan batting line-up.
In the end, Uganda could only manage a total of 80 runs all out in 25.1 overs
Mohammed was named Man of the Match with a heroic statistics of 4 wickets for 26 runs in 8.1 overs.
Nigeria will face Tanzania on Thursday in what is regarded as a formality, with the east Africans at the bottom of the log having lost all three matches in the series so far.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Junior Green Yellows had earlier defeated hosts Namibia and Kenya at the ongoing qualifiers.(NAN)