Ahead of the 2019 African Women Volleyball Club Championship, the Nigerian Custom’s Sports Therapist, Dr, Raymond Roosevelt, said that the female team is psychologically fit and ready to without stand any pressure during the tournament.
The country’s representative has begun its intensive preparation for the continental club tournament scheduled to run from Thursday, March 14 to Monday, March 25th, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.
Roosevelt who spoke during the team’s training session at the indoor sports complex of the Abuja National Stadium, yesterday revealed that the team is physically and mentally fit which will help the team in their quest to win the title.
“The physically and mentally the team fitness is not in doubt, they are in their best form at the moment through the rigorous training we are engaging them with, so the Nigerian Custom team is not a team to joke with, because the management of the Nigerian Custom has motivated the team in all capacity.
Team captain, Agera Priscilla, opined that the team will be going all out to make the nation proud.
“We targeting to play in the final because we are preparing hard to exceed our first outing last year, we know what is at stake because we are going to be playing professionals from the Africa continent and we are also working on our reflex.” He said
“With the training and other tactical approaches we have getting now which is better than last year, so I believe that this year’s results will be better than last year.”
On his part, head coach of the Nigerian Custom’s female team, Sunday Akapson, revealed stand a good chance of reaching the finals, having ranked among the top 8 teams ahead of the championship.
“We are not taking chances we want to make use of every minute and hour to prepare so that we can get to our peak, I assure Nigeria that we are not just going to Egypt not to participate but to be among the three teams he said.
“They will be 8 groups and the top 8 clubs will top each group which Nigeria is among top team so that gives us an edged to top our group and play a weaker team in the quarterfinals” he concluded.
The Nigerian top-flight club will seek to go past their quarterfinals elimination last year as the team is set to present 14 female players to the tournament in which 21 clubs from other African countries are expected to lock horns for the trophy.