VOLLEYBALL: Women’s National Team Coach Makes All Africa Games Vow

The head coach of Nigeria’s senior volleyball women’s team, Usman Abdallah has vowed to secure qualification to the 2019 All Africa Games (AAG) in Morocco.

The qualifiers for the AAG will hold from 2nd to 6th June, 2019 in Abuja.

The coach revealed that team which was recently whittled to 18 from the 30 originally invited to camp, have been training very well ahead of the qualifiers.

“We have been in camp for almost ten days now and the girls are responding to training. I have also noticed a lot of improvement as far as the team is concerned. Thirty players were invited to camp and trimmed down to 18, it is encouraging,” Abdallah said.

He added that although they’ve have been given the mandate to ensure qualification for the Games in Morocco, they don’t feel pressured by having to follow in the footsteps of the men’s team which recently secured qualification of their own.

He also revealed that the make up of the team would likely change once qualification is secured as the federation has plans to invite professional players to camp for the Games in Morocco.

“We were given a job to make sure we get the female team qualified for the All Africa Games, I do not think we are under pressure because the male team qualified. I believe that it is something the players and coaches want the country to qualify.

“The federation has created an enabling environment for Nigeria to qualify. The president is always here to watch the girls train and I think it is also a motivation to have him here all the time.

“Right now, we do not have any professional player in camp but what we are planning is to invite some of them after we qualify for the All Africa Games. We will try to see to who to invite and those who are ready to help will be invited because they are exposed. Currently, we have new crop of players coupled with old players so that they can mix up,” Abdallah said.