The first batch of the Ladies Patriots touched down safely at the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos at exactly 9:20 Nigerian time on Friday.
The batch comprised three players and three officials led by SLCA Chairman Francis Trevor Samura.
After the necessary airport protocols, the team was led to the Glee Hotel where it will pass the night to wait for the second batch of 12 players including Assistant Coach Sarah Johnson.
The Sarah Johnson-led team will spend the night in Ghana at the Energy Commission Hotel before joining the other half in Lagos at 8:00pm Nigerian time on Saturday.
Settled together, the Ladies Patriots, a mix of seven Under-19 girls and seven seniors, will hold their first training on Sunday at the Tafawa Balewa Square where the nine-day tournament will be staged.
The aim behind Sierra Leone’s participation in the Nigeria Women’s T20 International Showpiece has been to expose the youngsters to cross-border tournaments as the team transitions from its usual senior faces to young, energetic legs.
The effort is to also put the new team to test ahead of the massive ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in South Africa in September this year.