The Chief Coach of Nigeria’s volleyball male team, Japhet Nuhu, has called for age group competitions at the grassroots, to further develop the sport in the country.
Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, ahead of the team’s preparations for the African Cup of Nations volleyball tournament in Egypt.
Nuhu stated that volleyball was capable of transforming the country’s economy if adequate attention was given to its development at the grassroots.
“The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVF), Mr Nimrod Musa, loves grassroots programmes.
“He has a lot of policies going on to develop volleyball which, in a short time, will start manifesting,’’ Nuhu said.
The coach expressed confidence in the leadership of the federation to take the sport to higher heights, and pledged that the national team would make Nigerians proud in Egypt.
Nuhu is banking on hard work and commitment on the part of the players for a good outing at the event.
“We picked the ticket for Egypt in Niamey by beating Niger 3-0 to qualify for Egypt 2017.’’
Nuhu appealed for necessary support to allow volleyball thrive in the country, adding that its greatest challenge was lack of sponsorship.
The Africa Cup of Nations would hold from Oct. 22 to Oct. 30 in Egypt.