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National women volleyball coach pleads for government’s attention to other disciplines

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Bauchi State Women U-17 volleyball team captain receiving the gold trophy from the organisers at the end of the North East Zonal Championship… at the weekend.

Rather than expanding funds allocated to sports on football alone, the national women volleyball coach, Rakiya Mohammed has urged the Federal Government to help in uplifting other sports in the country.

The ex-international, who made this known yesterday at the North East U-17 Women Volleyball Championship in Jalingo, Taraba state, was optimistic that Nigeria could excel in other sports if given the necessary encouragement.

Mohammed, who said a team from the national and the northeast zone were in the state to hunt for talents, praised the performance of the teams from the six states in the zone, including Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

She said, “We have seen some good players from the zone. With this level of talent, we can get to the highest level of volleyball in the world.”

Also elated by the performance of the various teams, the northeast representative in the volleyball federation, Aminu Kolere said the choice of Taraba as the host state was based on the facilities available in the Jolly Nyame Stadium.

He added that the level of awareness of the game of volleyball among the people of the state also influenced the choice of the state.

Kolere echoed the women national team coach in pleading with governments at all levels, as well as the sports ministries, to spend more energy and resources to volleyball and other sports.

At the end of the competition, Bauchi State’s U-17 team emerged the overall champion, while Adamawa and the host state, Taraba, finished in second and third positions respectively.

Overwhelmed by the success of the event, organisers of the championship gave all the participated states gifts ranging from volleyballs to volleyball nets.


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