By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The final team comprising of 12 players to represent Nigeria at the Africa U-21 Volleyball Championship were on Wednesday selected by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) and would on Thursday depart for Abuja.
This was disclosed by the Technical Director, NVBF, Mr. Martins Melandie, while speaking to newsmen at their Murtala Square camp in Kaduna on Wednesday.
“This is the U-20 girls preparing to go for African U-20 in Kenya, 21 girls we are separating the camp tonight (Wednesday), We are going with twelve players,” he said.
He said that paucity of funds stopped them from picking 14 players instead of 12.
Melandie said that they have been in camp for two weeks.
“This is the same team that was in camp for African Youth Games they have blended and are good to go,” he added.
The Technical Director however, appealed to corporate organizations and public spirited individuals to support the federation in achieving more success.
“We need sponsors to partner with us so that we can do better. Government alone cannot do this,” he stressed.
On her part, the players representative for the camp, Amaka Orazulike assured Nigerians of a good outing in Kenya.
“Hopefully I pray, I believe in my efforts so far, I won’t say I’m the best, but I am ready to go. Watch out, Nigeria is going to do well,” she said.
Speaking further, she said that they have been grilled and well prepared physically, emotionally and psychologically by the coaches and are ready to soar.
“Though the camp has been stressful but good. The coaches have been really bullying us here, but we know it is for good,” she said.