Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, for men and women, is now scheduled to spike off in Kaduna next month, according to the country’s sport governing body.
The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) president Musa Nimrod explained that the volleyball top division was postponed earlier owing to the country playing hosts to the Africa Under-21 Men’s Volleyball Nations Cup.
An earlier scheduled October date for the league also got knocked off since the preliminary rounds of the sport for the 2018 National Sports Festival billed to hold in Abuja had been booked.
Nimrod further explained that the choice of Kaduna as venue rather than the country’s capital Abuja is meant to reduce cost owing to a lack of sponsor for the championship.
“The Umaru Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall will witness within two weeks of uninterrupted volleyball for both men and women.
“The volleyball federation is yet to get a sponsor for the league. The Premier League competition had to be moved from Abuja to Kaduna by the League Management Committee because of cost reduction.
“We have put plans on the way and all things being equal, the league should be back next month. We never planned to postpone the league but Nigeria had to host the rest of Africa in the men’s Under-21 championship which was commended by the Confederation of Africa Volleyball, the zonal eliminations of the National Sports Festival in October amongst others.
“We have recorded resounding progresses but there are still much to be done. I’m aware most teams are waiting for the Premier League to resume and the organisers promise not to let the expectations of the people down.
“We must stop focusing 100 per cent on the senior national teams which end up putting pressure on the clubs. We want to increase the interests of Nigerians in the league than the national teams,” said Nimrod.
Nimrod believes the “total transformation of Nigerian volleyball” rests on the success of the league.
He also revealed that the major targets of the volleyball federation in developing the sport in the country.
“Getting the league right would mean total transformation of Nigerian volleyball from the grassroots to the national level. The league will drive all volleyball developments in this country. If we fix the league, it will change many things because it is an economy on its own.
“Our target is to bring over 2,000 Nigerians to the stadium everyday. Nigerians are gradually beginning to love the game, volleyball, again after our successful performance at the Africa Youth Games, the Under-20 girls and the recently concluded Under-21 Men’s Africa Championships.
“The next thing we have to do is to put smiles on the faces and put something in their pockets,” he said.
The Nigeria Volleyball Premier League will run from November 1 to 10.
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