NIGERIA TARGETS 1ST AFRICAN GAMES VOLLEYBALL GOLD MEDAL OUTSIDE NIGERIA

BY DARE KUTI

The head coach of Nigeria men volleyball team, Japheth Nuhu believes his team will re-establish dominance at the African Games which begins in Rabat Morocco on Monday.

The volleyball event, which has been one of the disciplines of the games since inception in 1965, begins next week Thursday.

The Nigerian men’s team only won the gold medal in Lagos and Abuja in 1973 and 2003 respectively.

It is on this account that Nuhu remarked that his boys’ will return to winning ways by winning the tournament for the first time outside Nigerian shores.

The former Niger Brass coach believes the men’s team is not pushover adding that the country is set for the final of the volleyball event.

Coach Nuhu and his players

“There is no coach that will handle a team without having the dream of winning a medal. We are putting all our efforts to see this team rewrites history by repeating what was done during the 2003 games.

“We have struggled to pass through the group stages ever since. I know by the grace of God, things will be different because we are not pushover.

“The team is focused to mount the podium at the end of the games, the boys are equally prepared for their opponents”

The former Kano Super Star player said the ministry as well as the Nigeria Volleyball Federation has made every basic requirement available for the team.

“So far so good, our preparation has been good. The players are responding to training, the ministry and the Nigeria Volleyball Federation have made available basic requirement for our development and we have no cause for alarm”.

Nigeria will face Morocco, Botswana and Mauritius in Pool A.