IMCC has always been passionate about youth education and character development as part of its objective since inception. Most, if not all the founding members of IMCC being youths themselves when the club was inaugurated understand the need to promote this objective. Our major aim as a club is youth development; identifying and proper nurturing of the kids to achieve their potentials in the game and fulfil their dreams in life.
Over the years, we have had young players in our team who have all performed exceptionally well in the game for club and country. The first set of youngsters to don the navy blue and black colours of IMCC were Ayannaike Joshua, Majaro Tobi, Nfeanyi Ntoka and Bello Adeola. After discussions with their parents’ and guardians, like we always do before recruitment of kids are finalised, they played their first game for us whilst still in secondary school and gave a good account of themselves.
Joshua and Tobi were destructive batsmen and wicket keepers, while Ntoka was a spinner with a lot of guile and Adeola was a pace bowler and big hitting lower order batsman. An attestation to their nurturing is evident in the fact that Joshua is the present captain of the National cricket team and a graduate of University of Lagos. After representing Nigerian in the ICC U19 African regional qualifiers, Tobi got admitted to Obafemi Awolowo University. He was there for a session before he had to relocate to the States with his family to complete his education.
Ntoka and Adeola were also invited to the U 19 team, they did not make the cut, but gave a good account of themselves. Ntoka is based in the States now with his newly wedded wife and Adeola moved to Cyprus to further his education and subsequently relocated to Norway. Another set of youthful players to represent the club were Rilwan Yusuf, Olaoye Sola, Oyenuga Niyi, Ogungbade Idris and Muideen Razzaq
When Okon Ukpong started his cricket academy in Ibadan some few years back with secondary school students, IMCC secured a partnership with the aim to showcase the talent of the youngsters been trained by his academy He often said; he wants to nurture kids that would go on to shake the cricket world. Being a board member of IMCC, he fast tracked the recruitment of these kids for IMCC and it was indeed awesome having them play for us.
We had players Runsewe Sulaiman, Akachukwu Chima, Elijah Olaleye, Adekoya Goke, Vincent Adewoye and Miracle Ikaige. Most of these kids now feature prominently in the National cricket team. It is worthy to note as well that the trio of Runsewe Sulaiman, Elijah Olaleye and Miracle Ikaige played exceptional roles in the squad that represented Nigeria in its first appearance in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa 2020.
We are proud to have youngsters like Odunayo Talabi( a top order batsman) and Dada Toluwalase a worthy spinner. With all these achievements, we are not resting on our laurels and recruitment of more youngsters have been concluded from different schools. We intend to give them all the support they need to play cricket optimally, focusing on their Academic side by side and enabling them achieve their dreams in life.