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Be Ready to win more trophy, FG Urges Victorious Golden Eaglets

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…As Coach Ugbade seek early camping for the team

Joel Ajayi

Federal government on Tuesday has urged the victorious golden Eaglet not to relent to ensure they win more trophies for themselves and the country.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare made this known On Tuesday in Abuja at the welcome Party organized to celebrate the young Lads who just won the 2022 U-17 WAFU tournament in Ghana.

He applauded their effort for winning the trophy.

According to him, don’t stop to keep the ball rolling, be humble, focused and ready to win more for yourself and our beloved country.

“Its a privilege to represent a country like Nigeria in international community. “

“Now, we can see that the emphasis on merit and competence has started to bear fruits. The U17 and U20 girls have qualified for their FIFA World Cup competitions with aplomb and the U17 and U20 boys have won regional tournaments in emphatic manner, with promises of what we can look forward to at their African championships next year.

“Our hard focus on grassroots development in all sports will continue. I congratulate the players and their coaches of the Golden Eaglets for winning so convincingly in Ghana and I want to charge you to remain focused for the continental championship in order to get the ticket to the World Cup. For you players, you must stay humble, hardworking and obedient to your coaches.”

Speaking also, was the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary Dr Sanusi Mohammed who applauded the effort of the Hon. Minster for keeping the flag flying adding that, youths development is the bedrock of every nation.

On his own, the head coach Nduka Ugbade who on behalf of the team thanked all Nigerians whose support and encouragement propel the team to victory.

He, However urged FG, NFF to ensure the team camp early for the forthcoming African U-17 tournament in Algeria.

“I want to plead with Nigeria government and football federation to help us perfect early camping to enable us prepare well for Algeria that will help us to get the world cup ticket.”

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

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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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