Nigeria national male Volleyball team crashes out of 2017 Men Volleyball Africa Nations Tournament
Nigeria national male Volleyball team has crashed out of the 2017 Men Volleyball Africa Nations Tournament holding in Cairo,Egypt.
This follows Nigeria’s 0:3 straight set defeat suffered in the hands of Cameroon in a rescheduled match played on Wednesday 25th October,2017.
Having previously lost its first match against Morocco by 1-3, Nigeria has failed to qualify for the next round of the tournament.
Reacting, the coach of the team,Japhet Nuhu regretted the early ouster of the team but attributed it to some challenges which he said would be guided against the future occurrences.
“We have all the talents but inadequate preparations, no Grade A friendly matches , as per all we gathered about all the top teams preparation to this championship. I say well done to my team: I believe we will get it right next time”, Coach Japhet Nuhu opined.
The president of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation,Eng Musa Nimrod said though painful that the team lost but generally the game was good commending those who have contributed positively to the team from the qualifiers, camping to the world cup qualifiers in Cairo.
In his reaction,an ex-volleyball player & currently a journalist, Tunde Busari of Tribune Newspapers expressed displeasure over the team’s dismal performance emphasising that the team has not justified the huge investment of Habu Gumel & Musa Nimrod on it.
Tunde Busari further suggested to the federation,”I want to suggest the federation declares state of emergency on our national senior teams. These teams have expired and that is a mild word. Two loss in succession is a scandal and reason to disband the team for total cleansing.”
An ex-International,Prince Tunde Omisore said the performances of our national volleyball teams recently is due to lack of competitions locally. We needed organised league or at least 3-4 competitions annually. We must attract sponsors.
Omisore expressed a contrary opinion,”Disbanding the teams are out of line. Groom and scout for younger players to begin rebuilding. Don’t scrap the team totally. The buttom line is to hire a technically sound technical Director with vast knowledge of the game.”
The technical chairman of the federation, Martin Melandi also attributed the dismal performance to lack of sponsorship and funds.
Meanwhile, though Nigeria could not qualify for the quarter final stage but it will be playing ranking matches.
Team Nigeria will be playing Kenya on Thursday 26th of October,2017 by 5pm Cairo time.