The Nigeria Volleyball Federation on Tuesday named its 15-man squad for the African Women’s Volleyball Nations Cup in Cameroon from October 7 to 15, the News Agency of Nigeria reports
Chairman of the NVBF’s Media and Publicity Committee Kehinde Lamidi said the team were expected to leave Nigeria on Thursday for Cameroon.
Lamidi said the qualifiers would determine Africa’s representatives at the 2018 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
He said, “The Nigerian team will feature alongside hosts Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana and Cape Verde.
“Others are Egypt, Botswana, Tunisia, Chad, DR Congo, Kenya, Zambia and Senegal.”
The coach of the team Usman Abdallah said the team were capable of making the nation proud by winning the World Cup ticket.
The players are Ladi Jalmet, Verere Oyearone, Theresa Okonma, Aisha Umaru, Chinenye Nwosu, Esther Dusu, Albertina Francis, Mercy Promise, Agera Prescilia and Francisca Ikhiede.
The rest are Comfort Amaonwu, Kelechi Iwobi, Mary John and Mary Ali.
Oyearone and Promise are the only foreign-based players invited by Abdallah.
Meanwhile, national men’s volleyball team coach Japhet Nuhu says his team are focused on qualifying for the forthcoming African Volleyball Championships to enable them to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The African championships will take place between October 22 and 29 in Egypt.
Nuhu told the NAN on Tuesday that the players were in high spirits based on the level of their preparedness ahead of the African championships.
He said, “My players are well-prepared to show and display their individual talents as they work as a team to emerge as one of the two African countries that will go to the World Cup next year.
“I am very optimistic that we will make it to the World Cup, either by lifting the African trophy or emerging as runners-up.”
Although many of the players will be wearing the national colours for the first time, the coach believes they have what it takes to perform in Egypt.
“They are even more determined to make the country proud by winning the competition,’’ he said.
Nuhu however called for total support for the team, saying that it was time the country took its rightful place in both the male and female categories of continental volleyball championships.
NAN reports that the two African championships will be used as platform for qualification to the Federation of International Volleyball World Championships in Bulgaria and Italy.