The Nigeria Customs Service Male and Female Volleyball team have said that the team is going to Ilorin, in Kwara state for serious business when the 2020 Volleyball Super 8 in male and female categories respectively.
The Super Cup for the 16 teams will take place at the University of Ilorin from 19th to 29th November 2020.
Speaking to Journalists on Tuesday evening in Abuja, the Sports Secretary-General for Nigeria Customs Service Samuel Onikeku said the teams are determined to make a huge mark in the competition
According to him, Even though, the notice came short but you know we are always preparing for any competition, we always find a way to prepare ourselves better as you can see we are preparing to go and put up an impressive performance in Ilorin.
“We are Nigeria Custom Service, we are always motivated, motivation is not an issue so, and we are always motivated.
“We are not afraid of any team, we are the double champion, we won the league in 2018 and 2019 while the female team won in 2018 and came second in 2019, we have never underrated any team, we will still not underrate any team, there is no team that is our rival, we are going to this championship and play every team as a rival, we are not going to this championship with a target of any rivalry, we are going to this championship to face any team and emerge, winner,” he said.
When if the COVID-19 will affect his team preps, he replied: “it will not affect our team because covid-19 is affecting every sporting event and it’s a good thing that sports have come back in Nigeria we are going to observed all the COVID-19 protocol set up by government and organizer.” He said
As for the coach of the team, Jonah Adamu stated that his target is to win the tournament: “We got notification very late and since then we are working very hard, so with the little camping we have here we will be able to meet up
And my target is to win the championship, with the caliber of player we have in camp and little preparation we can win the tournament
He expressed the confidence of his players: “I am very impressed and satisfy with the players and their fitness.”
On her own Captain of the female team Hayisat Umar promised to leave no stone unturned with the support of her team to lift the trophy: “we are going to do our best by coming top in the first 8 of the competition our target is to come first and we can achieve that with help of God and hard work and determination from the team because volleyball ball is teamwork we and we are ready.” she said.
However, a total of 16 teams will feature at the Super Cup and the including; Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Kano Pillars, Nigeria Police Force, Sunshine Spikers, COAS Spikers, Offa Volleyball Club, and Nigeria Correctional Service (Men’s team)
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service, COAS Spikers, Kada Emeralds, Nigeria Police Force, Benue Queens and Heartland of Owerri (women’s team)