Ilorin - The Nigeria Volleyball Federation on Sunday expressed disgust with the low turnout of spectators at the maiden Chief of Naval Staff Volleyball Championship in Ilorin.
Mr Tony Oguhuma-Eghiemai, the Chairman, Technical Committee of the federation, appealed to Kwara people to come out and watch “the good game of volleyball”.
Oguhuma-Eghiemai told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the federation was ready to stimulate their interest in the game by organising many of such championships.
He, however, described the turnout of participants at the competition as beautiful “being the maiden edition and also close to the National Sports Festival”.
NAN reports that 15 teams from the states, military and paramilitary formations registered for the seven-day championship.
"We are happy with the turnout because this is about a month to the National Sports Festival in Lagos and those states that qualified for the festival spent money attending the qualification for the festival.
"Those states that failed to qualify, I am sure their state governments would not give them money to attend competition such as this.
"So against the backdrop of this, I think this is beautiful turnout for us. We are happy,’’ he said.
He also rated the standard of the championship high, saying ``these boys and girls are craving for a chance to put out their potential in this game.
"We are happy as a Volleyball Federation that the standard is like this. We only hope for sustenance of this.”
Meanwhile, the official appealed for more partnership of philanthropists with the federation for sponsorship of volley competitions.
NAN reports that in the male category, Kogi beat Kwara 3-1; Airforce lost 0-3 to Nigerian Customs; while Nigeria Immigration lost 2-3 to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Also Nigerian Navy beat the Nigeria Prison Service by 3 – 1 whereas in the female category, Nigerian Navy walloped the Niger team by 3-0.