In a bittersweet moment for the Nigerian cricketing community, Blessing Etim, the longest-serving skipper of the female YellowGreens, has announced her retirement from international cricket. Her illustrious career culminated in leading the team to a bronze medal victory at the 13th All-African Games, where Nigeria defeated Uganda by 3 wickets in a thrilling encounter.

Etim’s journey in cricket began in 2004, marked by dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to the sport. Her remarkable talent and leadership qualities earned her the captaincy of the national team, a role she embraced with grace and determination. Under her captaincy, the female YellowGreens achieved significant milestones, with Etim guiding the team through triumphs and challenges alike.

One of the defining moments of Etim’s career was her debut for the national team in 2011, in Uganda. From that moment onwards, she left an indelible mark on Nigerian cricket, inspiring generations of players with her skill and sportsmanship. Beyond her contributions as a player, Etim was actively involved in grassroots development, nurturing young talent and shaping the future of Nigerian cricket.

Etim’s impact extended beyond the cricket field, as she played a pivotal role in the development and growth of players who later became her teammates on the national stage. Players like Esther Sandy, Salome Sunday, Sarah Etim, Blessing Frank, and many others benefited from her guidance and mentorship, enriching the cricketing landscape within her region and beyond.

As Blessing Etim bids farewell to international cricket, her legacy as a true legend of Nigerian cricket will endure. Her leadership, passion, and dedication have left an indelible mark on the sport, inspiring future generations of cricketers to strive for excellence and uphold the values of sportsmanship and camaraderie.

As we celebrate Blessing Etim’s remarkable career and bid her farewell, we express gratitude for her contributions to Nigerian cricket and wish her the very best in all her future endeavours. Her legacy will continue to inspire and resonate within the hearts of cricket enthusiasts for years to come.