Encomiums Keep Pouring In For The Brain Behind The First Beach Volleyball In North Central Nigeria As National Coach Gives His Rating


“There is no difference between this tournament held here in Jos and the first continental Beach Volleyball tournament Nigeria first participated in at the continental level in Niger Republic of which I happened to be the Captain of the National team then, getting here reminded me of that event.” So says the Kayode Ajilore, Chief Coach of Nigeria National Beach Volleyball Team.

In an exclusive chat with www.ssimedia.com.ng, the National Team Coach, Kayode Ajilore,started by lauding the sponsor and organizer of the event, Bolchit Barshep-Amakiri who is a member of both the State Volleyball Association and member, Nigeria Beach Volleyball Commission for putting up this event which is first of it’s kind in North Central.
In his words: ‘Honestly, I have to be frank with you, am very impressed with what I saw. For the fact that it’s happening for the first time here in Jos, the level of organization and the calibre of players that participated in this tournament is mind blowing. This isn’t a local or State tournament, but a National one. Players that have graced the national , continental and international tournaments all participated. And to cap it all, the standard of the game is so high. Players like Emenike Ezike, Albertina and many others were on ground.”

He continues: “I want to congratulate Plateau State Volleyballers for this is great opportunity of having that privilege of having a beach Volleyball court here. They should embrace it wholeheartedly.”

A visibly joyous and impressed National team Coach opens up.”I don’t want to hear people calling this a local event, infact, it’s an international tournament with the great organization put up. No much difference to the one I participated in as the captain of Nigeria in Niger Republic. The court, fun-filled environment that saw people asking what’s going on and joined to enjoy the game, lively environment which saw people park their cars to watch. I saw the excitement on the faces of the children and the youths that came out enmass to watch this tournament. Watch out, because what has happened here, many young ones will come and play this game because this must have aroused their interest and which will in returns bring more good young players, and laurels for both Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.”

He concluded: ” May God bless Mrs Bolcit Barshep-Amakiri for this tournament and even the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation has never stopped singing her praises. We need people like this all over the Country. Government can’t do it alone and what she’s done here is a big plus to Volleyball in Nigeria.”

The first of it’s kind Beach Volleyball tournament, which started on the 24th and ended on the 26th of same Month of March, had 30 teams across the country in action, and saw Kada 1 won gold, Youth and Sports silver and G-Ranks bronze medal in the men’s category, while in the women category, Kada 1 grabbed the gold medal, EdBac got the silver and Kada II won the Bronze medal.


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