By Georgina Adegbie / Aderonke Ojo
Nigerian Volleyball Federation (NVBF) President Musa Nimrod urged the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to invest in volleyball to boost its development in the country.
Nimrod told reporters as the 2020 African Under-18 and Under-19 Nations Volleyball Championship wraps up in Abuja on Monday that the federation needs the support of all stakeholders.
He said those in the private sector, as well as caring individuals, needed to rally around the sport.
“I urge all stakeholders to support and help the federation develop from the ground up, especially helping us to sponsor youth development programs.
“They were well composed and I would like the Nigerian teams to be like that.
“I helped bring the Federation to this height and I don’t want them to fall but rather reach higher heights,” said Nimrod.
Speaking on the performance of the Nigerian teams, the president of the NVBF said the teams had worked hard to reserve their tickets in the girls and boys categories for participation in the World Cup.
“The championship has been fantastic and the matches tough, but we have reached the World Cup in Mexico for the women’s team and in Iran for the men’s team,” he said.
Nimrod added that he appreciated all the countries that sent teams to participate in the championship, namely Morocco, Gambia, Cameroon and Nigeria, the host country.
Also speaking, Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) President Habu Gumel said the private sector should make a strong commitment to support volleyball and other sporting activities in the country.
“The government cannot do it alone. I call on all philanthropists to show their interest in sport and to support its development in the country, ”he said.
The African Nations Volleyball Championship which started on Thursday ended on Monday. (NOPE)
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