Nigeria’s men’s volleyball national team captain, Daniel Nathaniel has declared that he and his teammates are eyeing victory all the way in this year’s African championship, megasportsarena.com reports.
Speaking against the commencement of action at the competition on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda, Nathaniel enthused that the Nigerian squad is well-prepared to win the title, which would be a step forward for the squad, which emerged silver medalists in 2001.
For this year’s edition, Nigeria have been grouped alongside the defending champions, Tunisia as well as Ethiopia and South Sudan; while the hosts, Rwanda will play Burkina Faso, Burundi and Uganda in Group A.
The full draw has Group A: Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Burundi and Uganda; Group B: Nigeria, Tunisia, Ethiopia and South Sudan; Group C: Cameroon, RD Congo, Mali and Niger Republic; Group D: Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania and Kenya.
The skipper, however, admitted that Nigeria face a daunting prospect in the group stage of the competition, which is officially known as Africa Senior Nation’s Volleyball Championship, as they will have to overcome record ten-time champions, Tunisia at Kigali Convention Centre.
However, while coach of the team, Usman Abdullah disclosed that he is parading a strong squad that can pull up a surprise at the tournament, Nathaniel exuded a strong depth of belief that the side will give Nigeria a good representation in Kigali.
Nathaniel told aclsports.com: “We are not in Rwanda to make the numbers. The players are at the championship to give a good representation because all of us know what is at stake.”