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.