Former Nigeria U19 Boys volleyball player, Chris Udah has won his first major trophy since joining Gisagara Volleyball Club in 2022.
Gisagara VC defeated Rwanda Energy Group (REG) 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) to clinch the Genocide Memorial Tournament 2023 at the Kigali International Arena on Sunday.
Udah told www.aclsports.com that winning his first trophy in the colours of Gisagara VC is a dream come true.
The former Nigeria Customs Service player said it was not easy adapting to the league in his first season adding that his coach gave him the morale needed to perform better.
He said, “I feel great because this is my first trophy with the Gisagara volleyball club of Rwanda. I arrived at the club mid-season last year and after my performance, the club extended my contract for another season.
“Unfortunately, we lost a final earlier this season but we thank God the mistake has been corrected with this trophy. I am grateful to God for my performance, my team, and the management for winning this trophy.”
“When I came to the club last season, it was not easy changing the environment and adjusting because it was my first time playing the league outside Nigeria and they had tall players in Rwanda. Now, I understand how things work and everything is going well,” he told www.aclsports.com
Udah said the team is not under pressure to deliver the 2023 Rwanda Volleyball League title.
He said the players want to win the title and feature at next year’s African Club Championship to make a loud statement.
“Last season, Gisagara lost the league by a set difference; this season we are putting in work to win the league because that is our priority. I am not under any form of pressure because the coach believes in the team and we are playing every match as it comes.
“The Club has a great history when it comes to the African Club Championship. In 2022, the club finished third and was not able to attend this year’s Championship. The players want to win the title and attend next year’s African Club Championship and make a huge statement”, Udah said.