By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Ahead of the Africa U-21 Beach Volleyball Nations Cup and the U-21 World Cup later in the year, Nigeria’s team has sounded out warning to all would be opponents that they are prepared and ready to win all games.
Nigeria’s U-21 beach volleyball player, Emmanuel Chidiebere Okeke handed out the warning in an interview with newsmen at the Murtala Square in Kaduna on Saturday after they beat a senior team 2-1 in a friendly game ahead of their departure to Egypt later thus week.
“We are not scared of anybody. We are black if we come out as champions in Africa, we can face any other team in the world and defeat them,” he added.
The 16 year old explained that all through their camping in Kaduna, all the flaws encountered during the qualifiers have been corrected.
“We are prepared. Our coach has given us everything every coach can give, we have been in camp for three weeks.
“All the flaws we had in the qualifiers have taken care of. We are optimistic of winning the trophy by God’s grace,” he said.
Chidiebere, who has represented Nigeria in both indoors and beach volleyball, praised the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) and its President, Engineer Musa Nimrod for stepping up the standard of the game in the country.
Also speaking in a separate interview at the same venue, U-21′ female team player, Uchechukwu Amara said that they were also in Kaduna we are preparing for U-21 Nations Cup in Cairo Egypt.
“We are prepared and are optimistic that going there, we would to come back with good news. We have been in camp for two weeks,” she said.
She was however, quick to point out that they were not underrating any team.
“We are not underrating any team. We would do our best,” she said.
Amara who was in Nigeria’s team to the last Africa Youth Games in Algeria where they finished fifth, called on Nigerians to pray for them.