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Volleyball: New Wave, Sunshine Spikers talks tough ahead of 2022 Regional Cup finals

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New Waves VC and Sunshine Spikers of Akure have booked their place in the men’s final of the ongoing 2022 Regional Unity Invitational Cup in Oloru, Kwara State on Friday

In the first men’s semifinals, star studded New Waves VC dispatched Nile University 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22) while Sunshine Spikers defeated Oloru Super Stars 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-21) at the outdoor court of Government Secondary School in Moro Local Government Area on Thursday.

The Captain of Sunshine Spikers, Daniel Nathaniel said his team are going to enjoy themselves in the finals.

Nathaniel revealed that the Invitational Cup is used to sharpen Sunshine Spikers ahead of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Season.

He said, “Sunshine Spikers are not under pressure to win this year’s edition of the Regional Unity Invitational Challenge Cup. We are here to enjoy ourselves; you saw the way we played against Oloru Super Stars in the semifinals.

“Sunshine Spikers were not impressive at last season’s Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, in fact we narrowly escaped relegation. This tournament will be used to prepare ahead of this year’s volleyball season.

Meanwhile, Plateau Rocks will face young side, Niger Raven in the women’s final on Friday by 2pm.

3rd place matches:

Legacy VC v Oloru Super Angels (10am) women

Oloru Super Stars v Nile University (12pm) men

Day 4 Semifinals results of the ongoing 2022 Regional Unity Invitational Cup in Oloru

Men:

Sunshine Spikers v Oloru Super Stars 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-21)

New Waves VC v Nile University 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22)

Women:

Niger Raven v Legacy VC 3-2 (19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 15-7)

Plateau Rocks v Oloru Super Angels 3-1 (25-20, 27-25, 15-25, 25-22)

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Kida Promises Brighter Future For Basketball

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As preparations for the eargely awaited elections into a new board of Nigeria Basketball Federation hots up, the outgoing president of the NBBF board, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, has reiterated his unflinching desires to take the game to greater heights.

While speaking with journalists in Lagos, Kida stated that his love and passion for the game, and particularly, the desire to see its rapid development at the grassroots level are reasons behind his reelection bid.

” I’m seeking reelection as the president of NBBF because basketball in Nigeria is still a work in progress. I have so much believe in the potentials of the youths playing this game and their ability to rule the world,” he enthused.

” What the world have seen so far, are just glimpses and tips of the iceberg. I believe that with concerted efforts and dedication to the game, the future of basketball in Nigeria is very bright,” he said.

It would be recalled that in his four years as the president of NBBF, Musa Kida facilitated the sponsorship of the division 1 and 2 basketball league by Total Oil. He also returned the NBBF Premier League after four years in the doldrums.

Kida was credited for his immense and selfless moral and financial support that ensured D’Tigress won the Afrobasketball championship three times in a roll; 2017, 2019 and 2021.

He also supported D’Tigers to become the first African national team to defeat the USA, in a basketball game.

Through his Ahmadu Musa Kida Foundation, he funded several grassroots basketball programmes across West Africa., particularly,  popularising the 3×3 games.  As well as, supporting grassroots basketball programmes in Rivers State, leading to their winning of gold medals in three National Sports Festival for both male and female.

He added conclusively, “Together, we can achieve more. Therefore, I remain committed to the development of the game in Nigeria. I want to reassure lovers of basketball of my selfless drives to secure a brighter future for the game in the country.” 

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