The President Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod, has said only players who are in top form will be selected to represent the country at the 2018 world championship in Abidjan, Côte d’ivoire. He said the federation will on Wednesday begin a five day open trials for female players in Kaduna.
“The camp will be opened for category of players from across the country. I promised before the election that when elected, I’ll be transparent in all my doing and this is one of them. There is no automatic jersey for any player. The technical representative and the officials will only select players that are fit because Nigeria is not going to Abidjan for a jamboree,” Nimrod told ACL Sports on Tuesday, August 1, 2016.
He said the trials are in preparation for the qualifiers for the 2018 World Championship in Abidjan,Côte d’ivoire and will be open to female players from the 36 states including the FCT, club sides, military and paramilitary.
Twenty three African teams will battle for two slots in Abidjan ahead of the 2018 World Women’s Volleyball Championship which will be held in Japan from 30 September to 21 October. The defending champions, United States of America, host Japan, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Germany and Italy have all qualified for the championship.
In another development, the president disclosed that U-17 players across the nation were also invited to participate in the open trials to select male and female junior players, to select players that will represent Nigeria at the junior nations cup holding in Niamey, Niger between 22-27 August, 2017.