Ex volleyball international, Tony Ngwube says he wants to expose young and upcoming players in the country to top notch volleyball. The 1st Tony Ngwube Volleyball Championship is scheduled to hold from 19th to 20th September, 2019 in Anambra.
Ngwube told www.aclsports.com that hosting a championship is a way of giving back to the state that made him a world class player.
He said, “My target audience is pretty much everyone but especially the young and upcoming players. I want to keep them informed and properly exposed to the game of volleyball.
“I am hosting this volleyball tournament to give back to my state and the players. Anambra state volleyball made me what I am today, having represented and captained the state volleyball team n the past”.
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Ngwube attributed the consistent success of the military and para military to the availability of funds adding that his vision is to make future champions in Anambra.
He said, “The military and para military volleyball teams are doing so well in Nigeria due to two major factors which are availability of finances and participation in all Nigeria volleyball tournaments thereby attracting the nation’s best players to their teams.
“My goal is to help develop and mould Anambra state volleyball program up to world class level by sponsoring more tournaments, training camps for the players, developing a strong men and women senior and junior teams in which future champions will emerge”.
As the Federal Government lifted the ban of non contact sports, Ngwube said, “My advice to the volleyball players is stay in tip top shape always, work on your cardio endurance drills, watch your diet and sugar consumption, sleep well and practice more”.
“I think Nigeria volleyball and the players of today are definitely different from my era skills wise and discipline but I think there are few of the volleyball players that can make it in the professional league overseas. Nigeria players have got what it takes to make it but they lack world class volleyball technical know-how. I can safely attribute these to their lack of consistent playing time, exposure to good courts/equipment and in some cases good coaching” he added.