Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, received the Cricket World Cup at Government House, Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday.
The trophy, which has been on a global tour of cities ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup which would hold at the United Kingdom in June, had arrived in Nigeria through Abuja on Monday
“I think a lot of people don’t understand Cricket deeply because it has a lot of values that can be learnt from it. As a former cricketer who played way back in secondary school, I appreciate the sport and I look forward to seeing more young people learn from it,” Ambode told a team led by Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) president, Yahaya Adams Ukwenya, a profeesor.
The governor, who expressed delight over the International Cricket Council’s choice of Lagos as the only state apart from the Federal Capital Territory that hosted the cricket most prized silverware in Nigeria, also said: “It is indeed an honour to be the only governor to host the trophy in the country.”
The NCF boss had earlier in his opening remarks referred to Lagos state as the “Cricket Capital” of Nigeria, saying support from the state had earned the federation commendations that encouraged the international body to select Nigeria as one of the three destination countries for the Trophy Tour in Africa.
“We are indeed very grateful for the support that Lagos State has extended to us and it is one of the reasons we are enjoying this rare privilege of hosting the trophy,” Ukwenya said.
The trophy will on Wednesday be at the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval on Lagos Island, where sports enthusiasts and cricket communities would see the trophy and be opportune to take photographs with it.