Lagos - Team Nigeria on Thursday departed for Ghana ahead of the Beach Volleyball Open Championship organised for member
countries in the West Africa sub-region, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
Musa Nimrod, the Chairman of the Beach Volleyball Commission
of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), said the team was prepared for the
five-day competition scheduled to be held between December 12 and 16.
He said December 12 had been fixed as the arrival date for
Nimrod also said that the federation was eager to give the
country’s volleyball players adequate preparation ahead of international
competitions lined up in 2014.
“The national team is going to Takoradi, Ghana for an open
“It is preparation towards putting the players in their
fitness bearing in mind that next year the continental cup is going to
“The age-grade competitions are also going to take place so
also the world championships. We are looking forward to starting our national
tour next year for beach volleyball in the six geo-political zones.
The Beach Volleyball commission chairman gave the assurance
that efforts were being made to regain the number one ranking in the senior
cadre which South Africa presently occupies.
He noted that South Africa topped the latest ranking due to
their participation in the last Olympics, as Nigeria failed to pick the ticket
at the playoff in Russia.
“We want to participate because right now we are back to
number two. The reason why we are number two is because South Africa
represented Africa at the last Olympics; we couldn’t get the ticket in Russia. So,
we cannot just be sleeping and then think that Nigeria will continue to
maintain its position.
“But bear this in mind, today, in both male and female
under-21, we are currently number one in Africa; in under-19, we are number one
in the female category and we are number two in the male category”.