VOLLEYBALL: G-Rank, Scorpion Spikers, Offa OVC volleyball team are the newly crowned champions of the 2023 Abuja Invitational Volleyball Challenge
Ultimately, the newly introduced game: Park Volleyball championship powered by Major-General Taritimiye Gagariga did witnessed an impressive performance from Kaduna based team G-Rank, who outshine all their opponents to win the trophy.
However, the 12th edition Volleyball competition that featured fifty teams in the men and women category, also, had a massive followers and turnout in a week-long event at MKO, Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
Despite having twenty-one registered teams at Park Volleyball, the G-Rank emerged victorious as they edge Scorpion Spikers 3-2 in a kneel contested finals that finished thus: 25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 18-16 while OVC of OFFA settled for third position having outclass KAF Ambassadors 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 in 3-0 encounter.
Kwara based Offa OVC men team, also, dominated the indoor events, thereby whitewashing the Abuja based Games Village Volleyball Club 25-22, 25-14, 25-22 in a 3-0 match to smile home with so much money as COAS women Spikers fall short 3-1 in the finals to Scorpion Spikers at 24-26, 25-18, 17-25, 19-25 game.
Interestingly, the highly motivated tournament, sponsored by renown Bayelsa origin Army officer, have fostered many talents and skillful players with mouth-watering incentives at various venues across the Nation.
Men: Best Spiker goes to John Bosco (Games Village VC), Best Blocker Destiny Mriah (Defence Spikers), Best Setter-Andrew Philip (Offa VC), Best Libero-Ibe Abraham (Offa VC), Kazeem Mutiu of (Offa VC) go home with MVP.
Women: Best Spiker goes to Charity Sylvester (COAS Spikers), Best Blocker-Chioma Samuel (G-Ranks Spikers), Best Setter-Martha Anebi (Scorpion Spikers), Best Libero-Christiana Belem (COAS Spikers) as Pamela Bawa (Scorpion Spikers) won MVP.
According to Engr. Musa Nimrod, NVBF President and CAVB Secretary, "I must commend the laudable fit by the organizers, because its a huge encouragement and we intend to develop more grassroot Volley-ballers" he summarized.
Nigeria Custom Service Coach and legendary Ex-international Sunday Akpason disclosed, "Honestly speaking, its the best thing that has happen to Nigeria Volleyball in recent years; seeing young players given ample time to showcase their gifts and replace aging ones" he told.
Meanwhile, apart from remarkable privileges given to participants, Education Trust Funds, trophies, souvenirs, laurels, medals and mind-blowing experience plus thrilling moment; one will only anticipate for another classic edition.
In summary, the initiative and legacy of Major-General: Taritimiye Gagariga has reunited, immensely enlighten officials, coaches, players as well as increased Volleyball fans in the country.
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