Volleyball Team’s Coach Leaves Out Foreign-based

Nigeria’s women’s volleyball national teams coach, Usman Ahmed Abdallah has left out the country’d foreign-based players for the forthcoming Africa Games qualifiers, as he says the series will be prosecuted with only those who ply their trade at home.

Heading into Sunday’s spike off for the competition, which will run until 6th June in Abuja, Abdallah said he has enough confidence in the local league players to pick the ticket to the 2019 Games in Morocco, after which those from abroad would be invited to beef up the squad.

Abdallah revealed that the women’s senior team have been responding positively to training, adding that he is not under any pressure to deliver the ticket for his country.

The volleyball tactician said: “We have been in camp for almost ten days now and the girls are responding to training.

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

“We were 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.

“The federation has created an enabling environment. The president watches the girls train. I think it is a motivation to have him all the time.

“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.

“We will try to see to who to invite and those who are ready to help will be invited because they are exposed.”

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