By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Technical Director of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Mr. Martins Melandie has disclosed that to start grooming potential young players, NVBF have to go back to grassroots age competition because its dismal performance at the continental level last year has become a great concern.
Mr. Martins Melandie made the disclosure to newsmen in an interview during the open training camp of 53 volleyball players at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna in preparation of the Africa Youth Games (AYG) qualifiers billed to commence May 17, 2018.
According to him, the camp became necessary for early preparation which is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Sports, with 29 girls and 24 boys to ensure NVBF have three stages of national team, under 17, under 21 and the senior team.
The NVBF Technical Director stressed that the large number is necessitated because they want to groom players not only for this tournament but for their performance to grow a better level.
He informed that NVBF have discovered a lot of potentials during the league and they have given the players more playing time, competitions and training which is techniques needed to develop payers so that they too will develop their individual skills and team tactics as well.
Mr. Martins Melandie mentioned that the Team will start screening next week Friday and have friendly matches from where it will select 18 players each from the male and female in camp for the tournament.
“This is the camp in preparation of AYG qualification from 17th May. We deemed it fit to start early preparation.
“The large number is necessitated because we want to groom players not only for this tournament but their performance to grow a better level.
“We will do the screening by Friday. We would have friendly matches from where we would select 18 players each from the male and female in camp. Right now it is overloading and stress on the coaches.
“On the 10th we would move to Abuja. We have 29 girls and 24 boys in camp.
“You need to give them more playing time, competitions to excel. We are hoping to get sponsors who would drive competitions,” he said.
“The NVBF President, Engineer Nimrod is giving us all the support. We have to go back to age competition because of dismal performance at continental last year.
“We believed by next year, Nigeria will be on top internationally, “he assured.