Volleyball Zone III: Nigeria U21 girls depart for Niger in high spirit


The Team Nigeria Under 21 girls for the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone III Championship in Niamey, Niger Republic, left their Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna camp in high spirits, with victory in Niamey their target. 

As they departed ABS Kaduna on Sunday, the girls were all revved up and roaring to succeed as they bid farewell to a team of officials from the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) and other volleyball stakeholders. 

The Technical Director NVBF, Mr. Martins Melandi, in an interview with sports writers ahead of the teams’ departure, explained that they have been at the ABS camp for three weeks in preparation for Africa Zone 3 championship in Niger Republic. “They are departing Kaduna for Niamey. We have been in camp in preparation and played some friendly matches. The team is made up of a total of 17 persons; 12 players, three coaches, one media, one referee and a head of delegation. 

“Nigerians should expect nothing short of a top notch performance from the girls. From what I saw, they are technically sound. They will compete with all countries in West Africa. The  arrival is July 3, while the competition runs till 10th,” he said.

The Female U21 Head Coach, Rakiya Mohammed, said “the girls have been drilled and are ready to deliver. From what we saw from the girls, their spirit is high. The NVBF President, Engr. Musa Nimrod has ensured all the welfare of the players. Our target is to win, so that we will win a ticket to the World U21 Championship in Thailand. The girls are not actually U-21 but U-19 because their championship is coming up in Croatia, so we are using this to further prepare them”.

Captain of the team, 17-year old Kelechi Ndukauba said that she is confident they will excel because they worked hard while training. “We want Nigerians to pray for us and we will ensure that we make them proud”.