Offa Volleyball Club and Nigeria Customs Service have emerged champions of the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in the men’s and women’s categories respectively on Sunday.
Offa Volleyball Club beat Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 25-17,17-25, 15-11) in a keenly contested men’s match while Nigeria Customs Service beat Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) by three straight sets, 25-23, 27-25, 25 -21, in their match on the final day of the league.
NSCDC finished second position and Nigeria Customs Service ended third in the men’s category while NSCDC and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Spikers finished second and third respectively in the women’s category.
Coach of Offa Volleyball Club, Suleiman Ajeigbe, dedicated the trophy to the members of his community (Offa) for their total support and the good people of Kwara state.
He appreciated Kwara State Governor, Malam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and other individuals for their constant support in ensuring the activities of the club are kept running.
Ajeigbe said, “It has been a very challenging one but it is all to the glory of God. In the history of Nigeria Volleyball Premier League, our club from Offa, which is a local government in Kwara, has lifted the trophy.
“This is historical as this has never happened before Offa Volleyball Club came into being to help the youths in my community. I started the club to ensure that every member of my team is Kwara born but a majority of the players are Offa born.
“It is to the glory of God almighty that I was able to start the club in 2010; now some of my players are playing outside the country,” he added.
Furthermore, Ajeigbe said that he was sure the people of Offa community would be happy when they returned home as champions of the league.
Also speaking, the coach of Nigeria Customs Service Female team, Sunny Akapson, said their success was a result of hard work, determination and dedication.
The former National setter said after losing to NSCDC last year, the team went and studied the patterns of the former champions.
He said, “Today is one of the greatest days of my life because the Nigeria Customs Service really worked hard in order to win the women’s trophy. The girls showed determination and zeal on the court, approaching every set with a high level of seriousness.
“We attended the 2021 Super Cup held early this year, went to the 2022 African Club Championship and have been in camp for a long period of time. The team studied the pattern of the former champions and the result is the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League trophy.”
Individual awards at the 2022 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Akure includes:
Best Spiker- Ijeoma Ukapbi (COAS Spikers), Best Setter- Enewa Odoh (Nigeria Customs Service), Best Server- Naomi Yaro (Kada Kings), Best Blocker- Mary Gana (Nigeria Customs Service), Best Libero- Jummai Bitrus (NSCDC) and MVP- Kelechi Ndukuaba (Nigeria Customs Service)
Best Spiker- Samuel Ogwuche (NSCDC), Best Setter- Suleiman Ismail (OFFA VC), Best Server- Taiwo Badmus (OFFA VC), Best Blocker- Pascal Ozokoye (NSCDC), Best Libero- Tiamiyu Ismail (OFFA VC) and MVP- AbdulQuadri Jaiyeola (OFFA VC)
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