Cricket in Nigeria has been played for over a hundred years,and was once a popular sport with organized matches being played all through the country,even the MCC toured the country in 1976,but however soon after that cricket in Nigeria took a sharp decline,up until recently with the U19’s qualifying for the World cup and the senior men’s team getting to play the T20 world cup Qulifiers that the game has gained an interest and popularity.Today i get to chat with the Rising Eagle Sesan Adedji.
Hi, Adedeji tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Adedeji Joseph oluwasesan from Nigeria.
How did you get into cricket?
I started playing cricket when I was in primary school when the game was introduced to my school, and I also played competitive hockey and squash
Who Inspired you growing up?
I was in inspired and encouraged by my cousin who also plays cricket, I Snuck around and followed him to practice whenever he went and managed to learn the basics, My parents have also inspired me to do well, though at first, they were not keen on me focusing on cricket after I first represented my school, they gave me their full support.
How did you get in the Nigerian team?
After my primary school I was able to gain admission into a cricket playing secondary school called comprehensive high school in ayetoro, during this period I was able to represent the country at the west African un13, un15 level, at the west African un15, I was able to set a record by scoring 101 not out against Morocco,and with this I was invited for the Nigeria un19 and with my performance at the un19 and the local league,I was able to make the senior national team in 2013.
You are the first Nigerian ever to get a T20i 50, how do you feel about it?
That was not my first career 50 at the senior level, I scored my first 50 at the world league div 5 (WCL) in United kingdom against Tanzania, scoring the 54 runs not out and setting a record for Nigeria at the ICC T20 world cup qualifier in UAE for the first time makes me very happy, I had a slow start at the tournament but the 50 helped increase my confidence because I believe I have the ability and the skill to do better than that and also motivate me and makes me keep working hard.
Tell us how is the growth of cricket in Nigeria, are people embracing the Sport?
The growth of the game in Nigeria is improving every single day and plenty of grassroots development programs are going on in different states of the country.
During the World T20i Qualifiers Nigeria Comprehensively defeated a strong Kenyateam how Important is this result for the team’s self-belief?
Kenya was a team we were looking to beat, most of the games against Kenya were narrow losses for us, beating them gave us a self-belief to do better.
What are your goals as a cricketer?
My goal is to have a succesful cricketing career,and play the game at the Top Level.
If given a chance what player past or present would you love to play alongside with?
Past Players,Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar,Shane warn,Current players,Virat Kohli,Steve Smith.
How do you define success?
Success is the status of having achieved and accomplished an aim or objective.