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Ex Super Eagles Striker John Utaka Hails Senator Sani Musa on his Youth, Sports Development



Former Super Eagles Striker and Montpellier HSC Youth  coach John Chukwudi Utaka has commended Senator Mohammed  Sani Musa for hosting the victorious John Utaka Academy boys at his place in Abuja.

Utaka expressed profound appreciation to the Senator for hosting the boys  despite his busy schedule saying he is one of the few senators in the country that has shown immense interest in  youth of this country.

“I don’t know how thank him because this means so much to me and the boys, finding time to host and Identify with the boys at this critical time in our political history when others would have shelved meeting with the boys for other things they think is more important.”

Based in Niger State Nigeria, the John Utaka Football Academy is known for producing young talents for the age grade teams in the country as well as projecting the players to big clubs across the world.

John Utaka Academy, JUFA won the Niger State Football Association League and recently went on tour of France where they played against youth teams of  Ligue 1 side.

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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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