Nigeria Volleyball Federation has released the list of players to represent Nigeria at the 2019 All Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco; and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian Army as well as the Nigeria Police Force made the cut, among others.
Nigeria will face Morocco, Mauritius and Botswana in Pool A in the men and women categories at the games. According to the list released by the Technical Director, Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Martins Melandi the team consists of 12 men and 12 women.
Three foreign players have been included in the men’s team they are: Arinze Nwachukwu (Fenerbahçe, Turkey), Uchenna Ofoha (Netzhoppers, Germany), and Samuel Ogwuche (Asaria, Libya) and nine home based players who participated at the Division one and Premier League. They will be coached by Japheth Nuhu and Taiwo Oladipupo.
The women’s team has one foreign player, Mercy Promise (Cyprus) and eleven home based players tutored by one time Most Valuable Player in Africa, Usman Abdullah and former Kano Super Star player, Moses Babamusa.
Full Women’s team:
Ladi Jalmet (Nigeria Immigration Service), Eunice Stephen (Nigeria Customs Service), Sandra Ozabor (NSCDC), Ijeoma Ukpabi (Nigeria Army), Mercy Promise (Cyprus), Rafiyat Mustapha (Nigeria Immigration Service), Happy Wushilang (NSCDC), Esther Dusu (Nigeria Customs Service), Albertina Francis (NSCDC), Esther Ahua (Nigeria Customs Service), Sharon Achi (NSCDC) and Jummai Bitrus (NSCDC).
Men’s team: Daniel Nathaniel (Sunshine Spikers), Afun Idowu (Sunshine Spikers), Akinbo Sunday (NSCDC), Army Ferdinand (Nigeria Police), Joseph Princewell (Nigeria Police), Ogunshina Obayemi (Nigeria Police), Iortyom Levi (Nigeria Army), Dikiyai Sriyefa (Nigeria Navy), Ikenna Ochi (UCEM), Arinze Nwachukwu (Fernabace), Uchenna Ofhoa (Germany), and Samuel Ogwuche (Asaria of Libya).
The 12th All Africa Games will take place from August 19 to 31, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco and it will be the first time the Games hosted by Morocco.
It will be recalled that Malabo, Equatorial Guinea was initially chosen to organise the 2019 All Africa Games at the Second Ordinary Session of the Specialist Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports, but the country was unable to host the Games due to economic problems.