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Volleyball: Please put national interest first – Lamidi

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Media officer of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Mr Kehinde Lamidi, has appealed to the members of the senior women national team to put the nation’s interest atop their personal gains by calling off their protest.

Lamidi was responding to www.gongnews.net inquiries in the fresh saga of the allegations of the lasses claims that the federation abandoned the national team after their continental outing in Cameroon.

The experienced journalist said, “the allowances for 2013 & 2015 was paid before we all left for Cameroon. They knew how we had to travel with only eight players instead of 14. The travel agent is yet to pay the monies paid out to him. That is why they could not be paid. The board had an emergency meeting where the whole matter was reviewed.

It is very painful when people sacrifice to represent the nation and can’t be happy. They know only two persons on the board had put their personal resources in the funding of the sport since we came in. we have not gotten one dime from the ministry.

Unlike the Super Falcons, the volleyball national team that returned from the African Nations Cup last Monday did not win the diadem but were also paid a paltry N15,000 and asked to go home pending when their allowances will be paid.

Angered by the way they have been treated without respect, the lasses refused to leave the High Performance camp located in Package B of the National Stadium Abuja without food, without water and nobody is bothered about their fate.

A chance discovery of the fate of the eight women who travelled to Cameroon under very nasty and difficult circumstances was made worse by the alleged insensitivity of the officials of the federation.

One of the players told www.gongnews.net that “we had to buy bags of pure water with we take our bath. We hope to go on the street to protest at the Ministry and from there proceed to the National Assembly. Thereafter, we shall protest to media organisations.”

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