Offa Volleyball Club (VC) and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Spikers have emerged champions of the 2023 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.
Offa VC beat Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) team 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17) in their match on the final day in a keenly contested men’s match while CNS female team came from behind to beat the NSCDC team 3-1 (18-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17) in the final league match played at the indoor hall of Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Earlier in the third position, the COAS Spiker Female team claimed 3rd position after beating Kwara United 3-0 (25-7, 25-8, 25-21) in the final Phase of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League on Saturday in Abuja.
CNS Spikers won the 2022 National Division 1 Volleyball League unbeaten and have been crowned champions of the 2023 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League.
Speaking after the match, the coordinator of CNS Spikers, Commodore Mohammed Muye expressed delight with the victory of the team in her first attempt at the premier league title.
Commodore Muye revealed that CNS Spikers had the intention of shocking premier league teams immediately they qualified from the National Division 1 Volleyball League.
He said, “The team came from the National Division 1 Volleyball League to win the 2023 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League and I am happy our dream became a reality. The girls did it.
“We are grateful to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla for his support for the team. He is the brain behind this success.
“Now that CNS Spikers women’s team have won the league, we have the ticket to represent the country at the continental championship next year,” he said
Meanwhile, the Patron of CNS Spikers, Commodore Aliyu Pindar (Rtd.) commended the players for their relentless spirit and coming from a set down to win.
Pindar said, “It gives me great joy that a club less than three years old have emerged champions of the women’s volleyball premier league. If you look at the crop of players paraded by CNS Spikers, they are young players who have trained together.
“I want to commend the Chief of Naval Staff for supporting the team. The world should watch out for the men’s team as they play in next year’s Nigeria Volleyball Premier League,” he stressed.
After the back to back victory, the head Coach of Offa Volleyball Club, Suleiman Ajeigbe dedicated the trophy to the members of the Offa community in Kwara State and the good people of the Harmony State for their total support .
He applauded the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his support in ensuring the team remains in the topflight league.
Ajeigbe appealed to philanthropists in the state as well as private organisations to support the club ahead of next year’s African Club Championship.