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Volleyball: Nigeria Women’s team eyes All Africa Games slot



The head coach of Nigeria Senior women’s volleyball team, Usman Abdallah has vowed to secure the ticket for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.

The All Africa Games Qualifiers will hold from 2nd to 6th June, 2019 in Abuja.

He revealed that the team has been responding positively to training.

Abdallah said he is not under pressure to deliver the ticket for his country.

“We have been in camp for almost ten days now and the girls are responding to training.

“I have also noticed a lot of improvement as far as the team is concerned. Thirty players were invited to camp and trimmed down to 18; it is encouraging.

“We have been given a job to make sure we get the female team qualified for the All Africa Games.

“I do not think we are under pressure because the male team qualified. I believe that the players and coaches want the country to qualify” Abdullah said.

Abdallah explained that the federation has created an enabling environment for Nigeria to qualify, adding that the president is always the team’s training to watch the girls train.

“I think it is also a motivation to have him here all the time” Abdallah added.

“Right now, we do not have any professional player in camp but what we are planning is to invite some of them after we qualify for the all Africa Games.

“We will try to invite those who are ready to help us we will be inviting them because they are exposed. Currently, we have new crop of players coupled with old players so that they can mix up” Abdallah concluded


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FIBA, Kida Threatens Nigeria with Basketball Ban



… wants to force Nigeria into participation

World basketball body, FIBA has issued Nigeria an ultimatum to suspend its International withdrawal or risk getting additional years of wilderness.

Engr. Musa Kida is in the circle of events as a recipient, as the country sits out of international basketball as put out by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Government had called for Nigeria’s withdrawal as a result of in-fightings amongst stakeholders, lack of a functional league and a stall in the growth of the game at home. It said this measure will allow the country take a deep breathe, reconcile grey areas, re-strategize and get better as a basketball nation, instead of the cosmetic outward appearance of beauty but inner state of rancour and disunity.

In reaction, sources postulated “Nigeria is a sovereign nation and will not be blackmailed carelessly. Nigeria bigger than kidda and his cohorts”.

“Moreso, it’s understood that FIBA allegedly wrote Kida alone. The body has not written the Federal Government.

The Ministry has received no communication to that effect. Kida is not the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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