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Akanni commends Dare, Sports ministry over Abuja Stadium VIP team shelter



Chief Executive Officer of Match International, Waidi Akanni has commended the sports ministry for doing everything to give the Abuja stadium the very best of facilities.

Akanni spoke while handing over a new customized portable VIP team shelter (FIFA design and approved) for the Abuja stadium to the sports ministry.

Akanni particularly gave kudos to sports minister Sunday Dare who he noted has shown a strong desire to turn around sports facilities in the country.

The ex international said other sports stadiums in the country also need to upgrade and boast of a modern VIP shelter.

“I want to use this to commend the ministry and the Honorable Minister Sunday Dare in particular for the vision to have the best VIP seats for MKO stadium Abuja . And hopefully this should be replicated in all our stadiums in the country to enable them meet to FIFA standards.

The new facility at the Abuja National Stadium is a customized portable VIP team shelter that is FIFA certified.

It has Ergonomic seat in Nigeria’s green and white color with a Head rest,Back rest  and fully padded with fire – resistant Polyurethane foam with double density. It also has a

Polyurethane armrest with integrated cup-holder. Other features include Galvanized Steel , Aluminum foot rest surface with high capacity hard – Nylon pivoting wheels on both sides. The VIP shelter has a Total height of 225 cm, total depth 180 cm and total 54 seats for players , Refrees and team officials . And it’s totally dismountable .

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Volleyball: Nigeria U21 targets 2023 FIVB World Championship ticket- Mohammed



The Head Coach of Nigeria U21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed revealed that the country’s aim at the African U21 Nations Championship is to qualify for the 2023 FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

Mohammed stated this during a press briefing with journalists at Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) in Kaduna on Friday.

The African U21 Men’s Nations Championship is scheduled for 13th to 23rd August, 2022

He said the technical crew has studied the technicalities other teams especially the North Africa adding that other teams should be wary of Nigeria.

The former National setter said, “We were African U19 Champions and these set of boys attended the FIVB U19 Boys Championship. The boys have graduated to the U21 Men’s category and our target is to qualify for the FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

“The team is prepared, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod and his board members have tried their best; it is left for the players and coaches to do their best in Tunisia.”

“The technical crew have been studying the teams that will participate in the tournament because we do not sleep; other teams are wary of our current squad and development.

“We beam our search light on the host; Tunisia and other North African Nations. They feel the U21 is their birthright but this is an opportunity to let the World know we are equally good. Every team has their own strategy and when we meet on the court, the result will show our level of preparedness,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to be good ambassadors.

Nimrod said the current board members of Nigeria Volleyball Federation are solidly behind the team predicting podium finish for the former African U19 Champions.

The National U21 team departed the country on Friday (11:45pm) at the Nnamadi Azikiwe Airport to Tunisia.

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