Nigeria Beach Volleyball teams departed the country Tuesday morning to Accra for 2019 CAVB U21 Beach Cup qualifiers
The zonal qualifiers for the CAVB U21 Beach Cup will be held on 21st to 24th February, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
After rigorous camping exercise in Kaduna, four players were selected to represent Nigeria at the qualifiers.
The male players are; Emmanuel Okeke and Eminike Ezeike while the female players are; Amarachi Uchechukwu and Maryann Kelechukwu. The teams will be handball by Coach Kayode Ajilore while Samuel Timothy is the country accompany referee.
Nigeria male and female teams are drawn with Niger, Cote D’ivoire, Ghana and Benin Republic respectively.
The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod said his desire is to see Nigeria qualify for the U21 Beach World Cup.
He charged the team to win the qualifiers for Pioneer National Beach Volleyball and former National indoor coach, Ismail Chakuma and Amarachi Uchechukwu’s late mother.
Nimrod said, “The Nigeria teams were in China for the U21 Beach World Championships and it is my desire and prayers that we qualify and represent Africa at the 2019 U21 Beach World Championships.
“My charge to the players is to win the qualifiers in Ghana and also dedicate the victory of the qualifiers to the country’s pioneer beach volleyball coach, Late Ismail Chakuma and the late mother of one of the player, Amarachi Uchechukwu”.
“On behalf of the Nigerian Volleyball family, I praise you for your tremendous efforts in making sure you get selected. You are great ambassadors of our dear nation”, he said.
The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod has predicted a better outing for the Nigeria Customs Service ahead of the 2019 Women's Africa Club Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
Nimrod stated this when he visited the team at the National Stadium Package B, in Abuja.
He commended the Nigeria Customs Service for investing heavily in Volleyball promising to give them the necessary support.
He told them to give their best at the tournament by going beyond the quarter finals.
"It is worrisome that Kenya, Cameroon and other countries are going to challenge Cup while Nigeria is not able to attend. I am aware of the plans of Nigeria Customs have for volleyball and I want you ladies to protect the interest of Nigeria at the Africa Club Championships.
"You are not only representing Customs but Nigeria; remain consistent and make sure you get to the final. You girls need to pay the price by sacrificing for the country; remain calm in camp and go for gold.
Nimrod said the level of preparation is top notch.
The newly appointment female coach, Sunny Yunana hailed Engineer Musa Nimrod for his unflinching support in the development of volleyball.
He said the presence of the President is a morale booster for the female players.
"We really want to appreciate the sports officer for making sure we camp early and the President for his fatherly role in the transformation of volleyball in Nigeria. we promise to make the nation proud”, he added
Fantastic moment earlier today at the package 'B' National Stadium, Abuja; as the Agricultural farm products company based in Ibadan carry out her annual screening program for under 17 athletes in various Sports like Football, Volleyball and Basketball.
Interestingly, the exercise is to support the lads into high schools in Japan and further their career's in Sports. Also, different tribes, students across the country has benefited from this NGO initiative.
According to Yukio Yamamoto (Business Development Manager), "Our intention is to empower the Youths in a 3 years scholarship after the screening program but there are different requirement from the schools over there.
Adding, "Depending on the schools that will determine who is accepted because Nigerians have potentials and as a result of our passion for them to grow, we have avail them this opportunities"
Meanwhile, "the school calendar resume by April in Japan and i will travel to get the allocated slots for them" Yukio added.
Speaking on behalf of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, the Secretary-general acknowledge the President acceptance towards the drive.
Stating, "it's a welcoming development, although it's the first time they're working with the Volleyball Federation since i assumed office.
Appealing to other NGO's to emulate what (Taiyo Industry Africa Inc.) is doing for Nigeria youths which has captivated so many Sports people.
"Volleyball is not meant for the tall and strong alone but if you're willing our committed Coaches will put you through" Mikano finalized.
Eventually, those who has dream of schooling abroad has been given a huge opportunity to contest among others in Football, Basketball and Volleyball in order to gain from the scholarship scheme.
The members of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation has expressed shock over the death of the Pioneer National Beach Volleyball and former National indoor coach, Ismail Chakuma describing the development as deeply saddening.
According to a prominent volleyball coach, Austin Odumo, the deceased had earlier been in the hospital in Bauchi for two weeks after successful surgery.
A board member NVBF, Professor Jonathan Uever said the former coach made immense contributions and sacrifices towards the unity, stability and development of volleyball in Nigeria.
Professor Uever said, "Chakuma came into the volleyball World and contributed immensely in producing many players in both indoor and Beach Volleyball.
"He came, saw and conquered. Death is inevitable, an uncertain certainty, it has come at God's appointed time. Let us pray for the repose of his soul".
Also speaking, Beach Volleyball Coach, Kayode Ajilore said the demise of Chakuma is a great loss to Nigeria Immigrations Service and the Volleyball family.
He said, "His demise came as a shock to me as a person, his death came at the crucial time when volleyball is going through restructuring and when his professional advice is needed especially to us the young and upcoming coaches as well as a great loss to Nigeria lmmigration Volleyball family.
"Coach Chakuma was a coach to many Nigeria volleyballers both at home and many in abroad. He is going to be missed by all".
Coach Ismail Chakuma who hails from Cham Local Government Area of Gombe state was the pioneer National beach volleyball coach and won many laurel including gold medal at the last 2015 All African Games in Beach Volleyball.
He was one of the very few that attended many international coaching courses outside the shores of Nigeria.
The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) on Thursday appointed Prince Tunde Omisore as its ambassador in Diaspora.
In a statement signed by the NVBF President, Engineer Musa Nimrod, Prince Omisore is to collaborate with international players in Diaspora.
It read, “The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation wishes to inform you that you have been appointed as the ambassador in the Diaspora.
“By this appointment, the federation will be glad in the area of assistant in the collaboration with the international players in Diaspora, image making with perspective companies in USA and the image maker of the federation”.
The former Director General of defunct National Sports Commission, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut has congratulated Prince Tunde Omisore on his latest appointment.
Coaches and players of the federation in their numbers also sent congratulatory messages to the ambassador.
Nigeria female volleyball team has registered for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers which will feature a two phase qualifiers to start later this year.
According to Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB), three national teams from both genders confirmed their participation in the event ahead of the deadline of February 28th.
Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya registered for the women's tournaments while Egypt, Tunisia and Cameroon registered for the men's qualifiers.
The first phase for the qualification will be held at the continental zones in November and December 2019, while the finals will be organised in January 2020 to determine the African representatives in the Olympic Games.
Egypt represented Africa in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while Cameroon women represented the other gender.
The female team retained her title at the Camtel International Beach Volleyball Championships in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Reacting to the ranking, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod hailed the girls for maintain their position despite the threats form other beach volleyball nations.
Nimrod said the girls will attend several Championships and also defend her gold medal at the All Africa Games in Morocco.
He said, "This year is fully packed with beach volleyball event on the Africa continent and the world. Our priority is to ensure this girls (include the male team) participate in them.
"We shall also defend the gold medal we won at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo. The 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco looks tough buy I am optimistic of great performance".
Nimrod revealed that all machineries are been put in place in order for the teams to begin training in earnest ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
"Asides the All Africa Games, our dream is for Nigeria to be one of Africa representative at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We hope to achieve this through early preparations and support from individuals and the private sector", he added.
Nigeria’s women beach volleyball team beat Cameroon 2-0 to claim the event’s gold medal at the Camtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The pair of Tochukwu Nnourge and Francisca Ikhiede did not take chances as they humbled their Cameroonian counterparts 21-14, 21-13.
Meanwhile, the men's team lost 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) Central Africa in an explosive final.
The head coach of the Beach Volleyball teams, Francis Imoudu commended the players for the feats despite playing against the crowd.
He promised to work on the technical deficiencies noticed during the outing.
Imoudu said, "The girls made Nigeria proud by winning gold despite playing against the host in the final. It was a war of sand and entertaining in Yaoundé; our guys won the crowd but unfurnate we lost.
"It was a great outing all the same but technical deficiency noticed will be corrected in the next camp".
He added, "To our number one supporter, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod, we say a big thank you for making this trip possible despite the short notice.
Reacting, President NVBF, Engineer Musa Nimrod commended the players for their impressive performances at the Camtel International Beach Volleyball Championships.
He said, "This is just the beginning of the success stories in Beach Volleyball; there are various championships next year and the federation is doing everything possible to ensure you do not miss any.
"The ultimate goal is to be at Tokyo 2020 Olympics and with the help of God, board members and sponsors Nigeria will be one of the representatives at the prestigious Games".
Nigeria Beach Volleyball teams will meet Cameroon in the Semifinals of the male and female categories at the ongoing Camtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The male national team beat Congo DR 21-17, 21-14; Central Africa, 21-11, 21-11 and Cameroon 21-9, 21-13 topping their group
The female national team defeated Cameroon 28-14 and Congo DR 28-13, 28-17.
The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to return to the country with the gold medals.
He called on the Beach volleyball teams to give joy to the country’s teeming volleyball lovers by lifting the trophy in Cameroon.
He said: “It is important that we win in Yaoundé in order to fly with the same momentum to Tunisia various tournaments next year.
“I promise to continue to support the growth of the beach volleyball within and outside the country. My aim is to see Nigeria appear at the World Championships next year”.
Int'l Beach Volleyball: Nigeria female team through to knockout stages
Nigeria female beach volleyball team has booked a place in the knockout stages of the Carmtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The female team beat Congo 28-14, Cameroon 28-11 and Central Africa 28-10 in the group stages.
Meanwhile, the male team defeated Chad 23-21, 21-11 at the championships.
Despite the flattering outcome of the encounters, the head coach of the Beach Volleyball teams, Francis Imoudu insisted his players respected their opponents.
He said, "We are very satisfied with the result as the important thing was to win. It was not easy as our opponent were very combative and aggressive."
He said, "We started well though in the second set of the men’s game we found it hard playing against the wind. Our opponent also worked hard and we never underestimated them. The most important thing is that the female team is through to the next stage.
He said, “The female matches is a single set of 28 points in the preliminary stages and in the knockout stages it will be best of three sets".