Nigeria Longest serving Libero, John Salami has spoken of his desire to appear at the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco. The Civil Defence player added he can still bring glory to Nigeria because he is very much active.
Salami told www.aclsports.com that the first thing for him is to prove himself with his club (NSCDC) and be a better player, before getting another chance of being invited.
The Mangu born player said, “My target is to first train and make the Nigeria volleyball team to the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.
“If I eventually make my fourth appearance at the AAG, I know I can still bring glory to Nigeria because I am very much active both on and off the court”.
“It is a privilege for any player to be called up by his country but the first thing for me is to prove myself”, he added.
The former Plateau Rocks player disclosed that he started playing volleyball in 1996 at Jos township stadium since his secondary school at Metropolitan College, Jos town, the capital of Plateau state.
He said, “I bless God for my little journey in volleyball. No one discovered me I just developed passion for volleyball since secondary school days at Metropolitan College in Jos. All I did was start going to Jos township stadium where I learnt the game for four years before getting a break through by joining Plateau Rocks as a spiker but was later converted”.
The experienced libero told www.aclsports.com his exploits as a national team player before they were disbanded.
He said, “I started wearing the jersey of Nigeria in 2000 and I attended three Nations Cups in 2000, 2005 and 2017 as well as three All Africa Games in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
“My first club in Nigeria is Plateau Rocks before I moved to Civil Defence in 2010. While with Plateau Rocks, I won 9 national championships and in Civil Defence I have 7 trophies in my cabinet before we were dethroned by Nigeria Customs Service last year”.