Award of Excellence to Commodore J.A. Pindar by Nigeria Volleyball Coaches Association (NVCA) at the 2023 AGM in Abuja.
Commodore James Aliyu Pindar is a sports enthusiast with particular love and strong passion for volleyball. He is the Coordinator of the Chief of the Naval Staff Spikers Volleyball Club, the FCT Volleyball Chairman, Patron of the Defence Spikers Volleyball Club and Patron of the Thriller Volleyball Club in Abuja. He is also a BoT member of the FCT Coaches Association (FEVOCA).
The CNS Spikers Volleyball Club, under the able, purposeful, resourceful and motivational leadership of Commodore Pindar as the Coordinator has recorded some highly remarkable and commendable achievements in volleyball both in Nigeria and the African continent within just about 2 years of its existence.
The CNS Spikers Volleyball Club, despite participating for the first time, won the men's category of the Invitational Volleyball Championship in Kontagora with an unbeaten record. The female counterpart of the CNS Spikers also settled for the Silver Medal at the Invitational Championship in Kontagora.
The CNS Spikers also won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) male and Best Setter male at the Kontagora Championship in Niger State in 2021. The Championship had 37 Volleyball clubs comprising 21 men and 16 women's teams across Nigeria that participated. The CNS Spikers was subsequently given a slot to represent Nigeria at the African Women’s Volleyball Club Championship in Kelibia Tunisia in May 2022.
The CNS Spikers was rated very high as a debutant by the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB), Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) and other volleyball pundits in Tunisia. The CNS Spikers Volleyball Club indeed made the NVBF and the country proud by registering our name on the African/global map as a volleyball team to be reckoned with in African Club Volleyball Championships 2023, at Hammamet for the women and Kelibia for the men in Tunisia.
The team had a much improved performance at the continental championship with the female team rated 7th and the male 9th in Africa. This indeed was highly commendable.
Additionally, the CNS Spikers Volleyball Club under Commodore Pindar, showcased its talent and sustained an unbeaten record by winning the National Volleyball Divisions 1 & 2 Leagues for both the male and female categories respectively, in 2022, despite appearing for the first time. The team also won a total of 7 individual awards.
The CNS Spikers, after gaining promotion to the National Division 1 league for male and Premier league for the women, have continued to maintain their excellent performance. The men's team just recently won the National Division 1 league with an unbeaten run in both phases of the League while the women's team is topping the 1st phase of the Premier league. The male team also won 3 individual awards including the MVP, Best Setter and Best Opposite.
Commodore Pindar has also been very supportive to other volleyball clubs and competitions at both the senior and grassroot levels are too numerous to mention.
The mentorship and support of this great man with a passion for volleyball and a heart of God compel him in providing job opportunities to volleyball players over the years. He has so far provided job opportunities to over 30 players into the Nigerian Navy alone and still counting. He has also ensured the promotion (Advancement) of volleyball players in the Navy to higher ranks and the Commissioning to the Officers cadre.
Commodore Pindar’s immense contributions to the volleyball industry in Nigeria and National Youth Empowerment/Development cannot be over-emphasized. Commodore Pindar’s highly remarkable contributions to volleyball in Nigeria earned a Letter of Commendation from the Nigerian Volleyball Federation in 2022.
Commodore Pindar was nominated by the former President, Muhammadu Buhari and sworn in as a Board Member of the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre under the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports.
As he proceeds on retirement from the Nigerian Navy, we wish him greater heights in his future endeavours . Congratulations sir!