Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) defeated 7 others to emerge winner of the Savannah Conference of the Nigeria Volleyball League in the male and female categories respectively.
The NSCDC teams garnered a total of 21 points at the Late Umar Musa Yar’adua indoor sports hall in Kaduna.
The climax of the championship was between the NSCDC and Nigeria Immigrations on Saturday which ended 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-21) in front of dignitaries, invited guest, volleyball enthusiasts and the home fans.
In the male category, NSCDC was followed by Nigeria Immigrations Service (NIS) which placed second while Kano Pillars clinched third position while Plateau Rock battled for the fourth place.
Niger Brass, Wikki Spikers of Bauchi, Kada Emirate of Kaduna and Spartans Yola of Adamawa placed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively on the overall standing on the table in the competition.
On the female category, NSCDC finished first followed by the Nigeria Immigrations Service while Benue Queens and Kada Emirate of Kaduna came third and fourth position.
In fifth position is Wikki Queens, Spartans Yola of Adamawa came sixth, while Zamfara ladies and Plateau Rock placed seventh and eighth position respectively.
Speaking at the end of the competition, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Eng Musa Nimrod expressed satisfaction with the level of play during the league.
He commended the State Governments of Kaduna and Rivers for supporting the federation with venue for the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences as well as creating enabling environment for volleyball to thrive.
The president expressed satisfaction on the impressive turn out of sports enthusiast this season, which he also attributed to the efforts of the Nigeria Volleyball Referees Association, in ensuring that officiating are free and fair.
”I am truly impressed with the recent developments in our football,” he said.
According to him, there are hopes for Nigerian Volleyball to be great again. He further hinged his enthusiasm on the new found love by Nigerians for the league, and the remarkable achievements recorded by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation within a year.
” I am also impressed by the playing standard of the younger athletes, particularly; the high quality of play by the African Youth Games athletes in camp. I’m optimistic they’ll bring us medal”, he said.
Also speaking, the Secretary General NVBF, Alhaji Maikano said the Savannah conference was competitive pointing that the essence is to improve the performances of the players.
He said the younger players were able to gather experience playing with former national team players.
“They’ve gotten experience from the senior players, and I believe it will ginger them by the time they play at the Africa Youth Games in Algiers”.
“Since they’ve played with these set of teams in the league, they’ll not be afraid of their opponents in Algeria”, Maikano said.