The President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod, urged the male and female teams on Wednesday to secure qualification tickets for the upcoming African Games in Accra, Ghana, in March.
The president, in Abuja, expressed confidence in the teams' ability to qualify for the African Games.
“I strongly believe these groups of players will qualify the country for the Games proper.
“When they return from Ghana, they will all come back to camp, including the indoor volleyball teams.
“This time Nigeria aims to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“After going to Ghana, we are planning to organize international tours, and Morocco or Egypt will be suitable for the tour.
“The Federation is responsible until the teams qualify for international competitions before the Federal Ministry of Sports Development takes over.
The head coach of Nigeria's beach volleyball teams, Francis Imoudu, released a 4-man squad for the 2023 African Games Beach Volleyball Qualifiers in Ghana.
The duo of Hilary Simon and Obayemi Ogunshina will represent Nigeria in the men’s category.
Esther Mbah and Pamela Bawa will feature in the women’s category.
Imoudu stated that the game plan is to qualify for the African Games and make the country proud at the Games proper.
He mentioned that the selected players have what it takes to compete with their opponents from other West African countries.
Imoudu assured the country that they would return home with a medal.
“We have never missed the Africa Games since the beach volleyball event started. We assure the country that we are coming back with a medal,” he said.
The team will depart from Nigeria to Ghana on Wednesday for the qualifiers and to secure a slot for the 13th African Games.
NAN reports that the Beach Volleyball qualifiers will commence on Thursday in Accra, Ghana, and will end on Jan. 22.
The captain of the men’s beach volleyball team, Hilary Simon, promised not to let the country down at the African Games Qualifiers.
Simon said, “All our players in camp are experienced, with the support we are getting, we believe all will go well.
‘The President has put things in place, and we look forward to making Nigeria proud,” he said.
The 13th African Games are scheduled to be held from March 8 to March 23.