The President of Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB), Bouchra Hajij has declared open the U19 Girls African Nations Volleyball Championship.
The tournament’s kickoff declaration was made during the Technical Meeting held at Bolingo Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.
The Nigeria U19 Girls will begin their title quest against Cameroon on Friday (2nd September) by 5pm at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
Hajij who was represented by the President of Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone 3, Ali Yaro commended Nigeria Volleyball Federation for hosting Girls Championship for the second consecutive time.
Yaro revealed that three countries namely; Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt will compete at this year’s U19 Girls Championship.
He called on Sub Saharan Africa volleyball nations to make the age grade championship their priority in order to develop the game.
The President of Benin Volleyball Federation said, “I declare this Championship open on behalf of the President of Confederation of African Volleyball, Bouchra Hajij. Nigeria for the second time are rescuing African in hosting the age grade tournaments. I commend the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod for ensuring this championship is not rescheduled for a later date.
“I know the economy is bad but I am calling on other Sub Saharan African countries to ensure they attend the age grade championship”.
Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod revealed that Nigeria’s strength lies in the age grade championship.
He revealed that Nigeria is laying a solid foundation for the young players to excel and play professional volleyball outside the country which will inturn improve the standard of play
Day 1 Fixture:
Nigeria v Cameroon (5pm) Friday