Kano Pillars and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have emerged champions in the men’s and women’s categories of the just concluded 2021 National Volleyball Premier League in Abuja.
Both sides took the laurels in their respective draws following ten days of superlative performances at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
In the men’s draw, Kano Pillars defeated Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) 3-0 (32-30, 25-20, 22-25) in a titanic final battle, while NSCDC ladies retained their title after they defeated Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) 3-1 (16-25, 25-19, 23-25,22-25).
Kano Pillars head coach Musa Babamusa cut a fulfilled figure after finally leading his side to the title after they fell short in 2020 when they finished as runners up.
“Last year we came second and I promised that 2021 will be our year and that’s what we witnessing right now,” Babamusa said.
“The easiest game I played is this final match against Civil Defence and it has always been easy for Kano to beat Civil Defence, this is not the first time,” he said.
NSCDC head coach Samuel Ajayi while philosophical in defeat, promised his side will do all in their power to wrestle the crown from Pillars next year.
“Kudos to the Kano team that won the league 2021 championship, kudos to them they fought for it right from day one,” Ajayi said. “We beat them in the first phase, they beat us now it’s not a big deal.
“They have emerged as the champions and definitely we will come in the next season to come and fight for the championship again,” he concluded.
Speaking after the tournament, President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod, revealed that the federation would unveil a new league sponsor for next year’s edition, adding that scouts will be invited for the next season to give international exposure to players.
“The NVBF would soon announce a league sponsor for the league ahead of the new season and also we have made arrangements that scouts would come to Nigeria next season so that we can expose some of our best players to international clubs,” he said.