By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A total of 75 players have converged on Kaduna for the Nigerian Volleyball Federation (NVBF) open camp, aimed at discovering new players for the national U-20 and U-21 male and female teams respectively.
The players comprising 40 males and 35 females, began camping on Monday at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Hall, Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna.
Speaking to newsmen at the venue on Tuesday, Technical Director NVBF, Mr. Martins Melandie said that those in camp will be guided by six seasoned coaches.
He said that a lot of progress was being made by the NVBF in terms of talents development.
“We are making good progress. Those that distinguish themselves will be selected and serve as feeder for the national team,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that they will be spending one week on camp.
“We are staying for one week. After that we go into closed camp in late July or early August,” he added.
He explained that those selected from the ladies will make up the squad that will represent Nigeria in a continental outing billed for Kenya in August.
On how many players will scale through to the closed camping, he said that 20 each will be picked.
While fielding questions from newsmen, female head coach, Musa Baba Musa expressed delight that the the prospective players are talented.
“We were able to get the players through the league recently. We will harness and groom them for international standards,” he assured.
For the male head coach, Elishama Elam, the present board of the NVBF is making a lot of players develop interest in the game.
“I have to give kudos to present board of NVBF for motivating players to develop interest in playing the game,” he said.
The camp which opened on Monday, is completely sponsored by the NVBF.