Nigeria Custom Service volleyball player, Seiyefa Dikiyai said he was threatened to get locked in a cell facility if he does not play volleyball.
Seiyefa Dikiyai won the 2019 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League and was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the league.
Dikiyai told www.aclsports.com that Brigadier General Samuel Ogbuanya always took him to the officer’s mess volleyball court in 2003 due to his height.
The Nigerian Navy personnel said, “I started playing volleyball in 2003 at Rukuba Barracks Jos, Plateau state. My sojourn began when Brigadier General Samuel Ogbuanya always took me along to the officer’s mess in the Barracks. Most time, I always ran home until he threatened to lock me in the cell if I ran home and that was how I loved the game of volleyball.
“I did not have an idea of the game of volleyball before then but I got maximum attention as well as motivation from officers playing volleyball because of my height and stature”.
Commenting on emerging the most valuable player at the recently concluded Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, Dikiyai said he feels honoured winning the league title back to back with Nigeria Customs Service Volleyball team.
He told www.aclsports.com his desire to play for a top volleyball club in Europe.
Dikiyai said, “I feel honoured and happy to win the volleyball league with the most experienced and consistent volleyball club in Nigeria. My aim is not only to become a national champion but continental champion. The Nigeria Customs Service has invested heavily into this team and all we can do is to make the service, federation and country proud when called upon to represent the country at the continental stage.
“I have a dream of playing volleyball in Europe and I am optimistic that the dream will become reality soon”.
He revealed that the most difficult match he has played was against Niger Republic.
He said, “If I can recall, the most difficult volleyball match I have played in my entire career was against Niger Republic in 2013. Nigeria eventually won 3-2 as we were playing in Nigeria for the World Championship qualifiers”.
Seiyefa Dikiyai has represented Nigeria in the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, Nations Cup, World Cup qualifiers, African Games, Zone 3 Championship, 1st ECOWAS Games and Africa Club championship.