By Oluwole Francis, Abuja
The Nigeria Customs Service Male and Female Volleyball team are ready for the Super 8 in Ilorin, the competition will bring out the best of the season
Speaking to Journalists in Abuja, the Sports Secretary-General for Nigeria Customs Service Samuel Onikeku said the teams are determined to make a huge mark in the competition
According to Onikeku, Even though, the notice came short but you know we are always preparing for any competition, we always find a way to prepare ourselves better as you can see we are preparing to go and put up an impressive performance in Ilorin.
“We are Nigeria Custom Service, we are always motivated, motivation is not an issue so, and we are always motivated.
“We are not afraid of any team, we are the double champion, we won the league in 2018 and 2019 while the female team won in 2018 and came second in 2019, we have never underrated any team, we will still not underrate any team, there is no team that is our rival, we are going to this championship and play every team as a rival, we are not going to this championship with a target of any rivalry, we are going to this championship to face any team and emerge, winner,” he said.
When asked if the COVID-19 will affect his team preps, he replied: “it will not affect our team because covid-19 is affecting every sporting event and it’s a good thing that sports have come back in Nigeria we are going to observed all the COVID-19 protocol set up by government and organizer.” He said
Coach of the team, Jonah Adamu stated that his target is to win the tournament: “We got notification very late and since then we are working very hard, so with the little camping we have here we will be able to meet up, and my target is to win the championship, with the caliber of player we have in camp and little preparation we can win the tournament
He expressed the confidence of his players: “I am very impressed and satisfy with the players and their fitness’.
On her part, Captain of the female team Aishat Umaru promised not to leave any stone unturned with the support of her teammate to lift the trophy: “we are going to do our best by coming top in the first 8 of the competition our target is to come first and we can achieve that with help of God and hard work and determination from the team because volleyball ball is teamwork we and we are very ready.” she said.
However, a total of 8 teams will feature at the Super Cup and the including; Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Kano Pillars, Nigeria Police Force, Sunshine Spikers, COAS Spikers, Offa Volleyball Club Nigeria.
The top 8 tournament will take place at the University of Ilorin from 19th to 29th November 2020.