Fenerbahce’s Nwachukwu leads Nigerian volleyball team to 2019 African Games
Arinze Nwachukwu, who plays for Turkey’s Fenerbahçe, Uchenna Ofoha of Netzhoppers of Germany, and Samuel Ogwuche of Asaria, Libya are among the players picked by the Nigerian Volleyball Federation (NVF) for the men’s category of the African Games volleyball event. They are joined by nine home-based players drawn from the Division One and Premier League.
According to the list released by the Technical Director, Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Martins Melandi, the teams comprise 12 men and 12 women.
The other players in the men’s squad are Daniel Nathaniel (Sunshine Spikers), Afun Idowu (Sunshine Spikers), Akinbo Sunday (NSCDC), Army Ferdinand (Nigeria Police), Joseph Princewell (Nigeria Police), Ogunshina Obayemi (Nigeria Police), Iortyom Levi (Nigeria Army), Dikiyai Sriyefa (Nigeria Navy) and Ikenna Ochi (UCEM). Japheth Nuhu and Taiwo Oladipupo are coaching them.
The NVF yesterday released the list of players for the men and women’s national teams ahead of the games slated to begin in Rabat, Morocco on August 19.
Nigeria is scheduled to battle with the hosts, Morocco, Mauritius and Botswana in Pool A in the men and women’s categories at the games.
The women’s team has one foreign-player in Mercy Promise (Cyprus) and 11 home-based players. Former Most Valuable Player in Africa, Usman Abdullah and former Kano Super Star player, Moses Babamusa, are tutoring them.
Other players in the women’s team are Ladi Jalmet (Nigeria Immigration Service), Eunice Stephen (Nigeria Customs Service), Sandra Ozabor (NSCDC), Ijeoma Ukpabi (Nigeria Army), Mercy Promise (Cyprus), Rafiyat Mustapha (Nigeria Immigration Service), Happy Wushilang (NSCDC), Esther Dusu (Nigeria Customs Service), Albertina Francis (NSCDC), Esther Ahua (Nigeria Customs Service), Sharon Achi (NSCDC) and Jummai Bitrus (NSCDC).
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