Nigeria Targets World Volleyball Ticket

Tony Oghuma-Eghimai, the Technical Director, Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), on Monday expressed optimism that the male volleyball team would pick one of Africa’s tickets to the Volley Ball World Championship.
After the team’s training session at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Abuja National Stadium, Oghuma-Eghimai said: “It would have been a lot better if we have good time for preparation. If we have had about one month or six weeks, the team would have been better than it is now.
“But, from the little time we have had, I think the coaches have done some good job and the players too are ready to represent this country adequately and possibly pick the ticket in Cameroon.
“Cameroon is the only threat as far as I am concerned (and), the only edge the Cameroonians may be having over us is the fact that they have so many of their players in France.
“France has a good league format unlike what obtains here. They play matches every weekend throughout the whole season”.
The technical director however expressed confidence that the Nigerians would overcome the strength of the Cameroonians. He, however, pointed out that the team would depart Nigeria for Cameroon on 12 February with 12 players and three officials.
Captain of the team, Emmanuel Jatto, also told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN that the team had the manpower which would serve as an advantage when the qualifiers begin.
Nigeria will fight to secure one of Africa’s three tickets to the World Championship. The team are preparing for the final phase of the African qualifier for the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship in Poland, which will hold from 3-18 September.
Cameroon will host the men’s first Pool T qualifiers which includes the host, Algeria, Nigeria, Rwanda and Gabon from 12-18 February.


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