Marcel Wadja is Captain and also Technical Director at Fédération Ivoirienne de cricket. Marcel feels that, Cricket if introduced in schools will attract a lot of Cricket lovers and Volunteers. Marcel can be seen teaching Cricket to young school children.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Wadja Bletchi Eboï Marcel
Date of Birth: 20/ 03 / 1992
Playing Role: captain
Batting Style: front foot cover drive
Bowling Style: side on bowling
Address: Abidjan 25 - Côte d'Ivoire
Country. ivory Coast ( côte d'Ivoire)
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).
The association( Fédération Ivoirienne de cricket) nominated me as a technical director and I'm also a coach.
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?
I started cricket, since November 2014, I went to Ghana to get some cricket knowledge the basic of coaching, umpiring and all those things.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
The association was founded in august 2014 so now my job is to teach the game.
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, we will see us on African team with good ranking. I want cricket to be part off our school systems to improve it
6. Do your club/association have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes, the association have a Facebook page: Fédération ivoirienne de cricket
And this is trefleivoiregames a NGO who also promote the game ( all games) I'm also a part of it.
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.
Oh yes after coming back from Ghana, The association organised 4 days coaching and umpiring camp from 25th to 28th February 2015 at Institute National De la Jeunesse et des Sport ( I.N.J.S) marcory - Abidjan, and I was the instructor.
And we are also started teaching cricket to the children at school , we don't have enough equipment ( only 4 bat's). So went to see a carpenter to make same bat and the tennis balls. Every weekend we try, as much as possible with the means we have to take those youngsters of the street by initiating the love of cricket amongst them. And fortunately we have a very good feedback. We don't have a cricket ground but we used a football or rugby ground to play. We want to organise a tournament this year exactly in Mai.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
Oh yes of course for a coaching camp if it can be possible this my dream. This country feel the spirit of the game!!.
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
Yeah of course like south Africa, England, New Zealand , UAE, they are very good for cricket.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
The challenges is that Cricket is a new game which is not popular at all, there is lack of equipments. Soccer had took place over those sports. To overcome this, as I said, we will start the game at school and on street because we also have a lot of street children who need to be helped against insecurity, drugs, for not going to school.
And also my country need sport and particularly cricket to fight against political and military crises in my country. Cricket unites us.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
First all cricket advertising, equipment, stage,attachments, volunteers ( how to push people to have this volunteers spirit) and all support which can help to promote it
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and. email id of these 3 clubs.
Cricket Gold Club ( CGC)
les Meilleurs Batteurs de Cricket (MBC)
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
Not now because we a re just working on the club its so early.
13. Tell in brief (One paragraph). Which country are you supporting this World Cup? And Why?
I supporting India and south Africa because these were the first team when I started watching cricket.