Endurance Ofem is currently playing for his own club Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club and is the head coach of Lagos State Cricket Association. Endurance made his national team debut in 2002 and played for senior team till 2014 before retiring from International Cricket.
1. Tell us about Yourself?
Full Name: Endurance Ofem.
Dob: 16 July, 1982.
Playing Role: Top order Batsman.
Batting style: Right Hand top order
Bowling style: Right arm off spinner.
Address: Surulere, Lagos.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
Presently, I am a coach and player with my club, Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club and also Head Coach of the Lagos State Cricket Association.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes, I still play club cricket currently. I have been playing for 19 years. I have competed for West Africa U-19 before Nigeria became Associates of ICC in 2001. Made National team debut in 2002 and played for the senior team till 2014 before retiring from International Cricket.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
Yes, I play for Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club. It's a Lagos based team. Club was founded in 2007 and I joined them 7 years ago. I currently work with the club as coach on part time basis, Lagos state Cricket and as Executive Secretary of Lagos Road Warriors, a marathon club.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
In 5 years time, we hope to continue to be the leading team in Nigeria and also producing young cricketers that will be quality enough to win tournaments for Nigeria. Moulding character is part of club business. We wish to develop a strong cricketing culture within the team and making the boys better people. At the moment, we are merging Education and cricket.
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes we have a Club Cricket Committee League website with detailed information about cricket League in Lagos State.. www.ccclagos.com.ng
Club Cricket Committee (Facebook page).
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Yes, we just won the Club Cricket Committee League Division One. We went 10 games unbeaten and we are focusing on the next title which is called Super 4 for top four teams in the league with Finals on the 16th of May 2015.
Achievements as a player:
Man of match vs Guernsey. WCL 5 Malaysia 2014.
Man of match vs Cayman Island. WCL 5 Malaysia 2014.
Won African Div 2 T20 in South Africa in 2011.
Won WCL 7 in Botswana 2013.
Player of the tournament: North West African Championship: Lagos 2008
Batsman of the tournament: North West African Championship 2008. Lagos.
Player of the tournament : African Regional Qualifiers 2008.. South Africa.
Clubs previously played for: Howzat pioneers, Government college Old Boys, Black Heath Cricket club London.
Played Cricket in the following places/countries: Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Benin Republic, Guernsey, Jersey, Malaysia, England and Sri Lanka.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
Yes certainly, it's my dream to come to India as I have leads of Indian friends here in Lagos who played alongside at National team level and those I coached at Indian Language School in Lagos. In 2014, the Nigerian team toured Sri Lanka and it was a good experience. Been dreaming big for India and would like to come learn how the coaches work so I can continue to develop my coaching career, may be play on those turning wickets, learn more spin and hopefully get an opportunity to understudy an IPL coach. My dreammmmm.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Well, one is the last of playing facilities. They are in poor state and players can't train under a professional atmosphere but with the little, we have, we are able to get where we are. I believe we need to channel ICC funding into the right perspective of our game while consolidating with a decent corporate sponsorship deal to help pay workers for the game. We are lacking personals at all levels but we have to first use the funds from ICC in priority areas.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
We need facility and equipment at all levels and off course funding for grass root junior involvement.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs
Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club
Foundation Cricket Club,
Government College Ibadan Old Boys Cricket Club. We have 13 teams in Lagos.
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Yes I would like a free website for one of the teams simply because it gives the club the opportunity, if nothing else to show the talents available and success stories.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I was supporting South Africa until the brilliant innings from Elliot broke my heart. I though it was time for them to have a glimpse and feel of a major world title from the army of talent they got but am happy for New Zealand being at the finals for the first time. I hope they win it.