By: JACOB DICKSON
The planning and successful execution of the Savannah and Atlantic conferences volleyball leagues by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) is a welcome idea and serves as a rebirth of the game in the country.
Former Director General, of the defy National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Alhassan Saleh Yakmut expressed this while fielding questions from newsmen at the closing ceremony of the Savannah Conference Volleyball League at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Hall, Murtala Square, Kaduna on Saturday.
He said that with the development, he was optimistic that Nigeria would bounce back to its high ranking in the game.
Yakmut who is also a board member of the NVBF praised the teams that participated for brilliant performances.
Also speaking, Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are urged other federations to emulate NVBF.
“The volleyball league is a welcome development. Other federations should emulate NVBF. The board members should tax themselves and ensure they keep the youth busy through competitions like this, ” he advised.
He explained that with the skills displayed at the Savannah Conference Volleyball League, Nigeria was on its path to greatness in the sport.
“With what I saw here tonight, we have hope for volleyball in Nigeria, ” he said.
While fielding questions on the preparation of Nigeria for the Africa Youth Games billed for Algeria this year, he expressed optimism of Nigeria’s success.
“We have athletes camped in five states. We just did trials today (Saturday) because we did well in the last games, we decided to do more this year and are in good shape and assure Nigeria of success,” he assured.