Taraba state will host the first ever U17 North East zonal female volleyball championship from 26th to 27th September, 2019.
The North East zonal office of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is partnering with the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod to identify hidden talents in the North Eastern part of the country.
Sponsor of the championship, Engineer Musa Nimrod commended the Federal Ministry of Sports for the initiative of organising the under 17 female tournament.
Nimrod said the program will be a nursery to discover and cultivate raw volleyball talents in Nigeria.
He said, “I am very excited because the Federal Ministry of Sports in the North East have decided to host the first ever under 17 North East Zonal female Championship in that zone.
This is to say that the North East is not left out in the crusade of discovering athletes under the age of 17. The female U17 championship will be a nursery to discover and cultivate raw volleyball talents in Nigeria”.
“We are also trying to build a system whereby, getting into the national U17 team, you have to go through a pathway; you do not go through a short cut”.
He further said, “There are so many volleyball female players in the country that do not have the means to be in Kaduna, Abuja or Lagos; yet they are very good, but they can play in their states and in their zones and if they are discovered to be very good, then the federation can also give them a chance through partnering with the Zonal coordinators of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports”