Coaches/Game masters must discover young players – Oguma

Coaches/Game masters must discover young players – Oguma
July 24 23:44 2019 Print This Article

Former head coach of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Tony Oguma has challenged coaches, game masters/mistresses to unearth new players in their respective local/state governments areas.

Oguma stated this at the opening ceremony of the South West Volleyball Coaches and Games Masters courses ongoing at the Media center, Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oyo state.

The Ex international said if Nigeria must continue to play volleyball at a particular level, there is need to have a reservoir of players.

He said, “The present board led by Engineer Musa Nimrod has decided to go back to the grassroots especially now that we know most of our players are aging and if we must continue to play volleyball at a particular level, we have to have a reservoir of players.

“The only way to get those players is for you to run this kind of clinic so that these game masters/mistresses, coaches from the states that are saddled with grassroots responsibilities, go out and fetch out these young boys/girls that will take over the game from this present ones”.

Oguma expressed delight with the positive happenings in the volleyball federation.

He said the recently concluded Division one in Ilorin as well as the Premier League in Asaba indicates the future of volleyball is bright.

He said, “I am happy with the progress in the volleyball fraternity; the thing is when you have square pegs in square holes you get positive results.

“I am excited that still in our time we can see Nigeria qualify for the World Championships in the U19, qualifying for seniors in Beach Volleyball and our girls just returned from Hamburg, Germany and the men and women qualified for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco. This means the present board is working hard especially now that we have a lot of competition unlike what it was”.

He further said, “You are aware that we now run a league; we just finished with the Division one in Ilorin and the Premier League in Asaba; I was there and saw the teams it is an eye opener that we have a future for the game as things are moving right now”.

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