Vanguard (Lagos)

17 November 2012

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Lagos Eyes Volleyball, Cycling Gold

Lagos State coaches, Suraju Onatuga and Joseph Izibili for Volleyball and Cycling respectively are optimistic they will beat other States to the volleyball and cycling gold in the 18th National Sports Festival holding in Lagos between November 27 and December 9, 2012.

Speaking with Saturday Vanguard sports from their training ground at the Yaba College of Technology and Epe respectively, the veteran coaches disclosed that they have been in camp for the past two months teaching the athletes the basic rudiments of volleyball and cycling.

Coach Onatuga who has won volleyball laurels both as a player and a coach in the National Sports Festival and the All Africa Games, said he is happy to be back to the sport he loves so much.

"I have lived all my life in volleyball. I was not surprised when the commissioner for sports Enitan Oshodi asked me to lead the volleyball event to the Sports Festival on my return from the United States of America. The players are doing well and with my wealth of experience, I will mold them into a winning side. By the grace of God, Lagos will wrestle the male and female gold in the festival," he said.

The former national volleyball coach however, lamented the death of Volleyball in the country, stressing, "It is sad that volleyball is dead in this country. When I returned from my coaching job in the United States, I found out that the foundation of volleyball has been destroyed. Nigeria has no volleyball teams that can compete in Africa again, all the structures have been destroyed by the sit-tight leaders of the federation," the former head coach of Lagos state said.

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