Former national women volleyball coach Usman Abdullahi has stated that the Nigeria women Indoor volleyball team failed in Cameroon during the just-concluded Olympic qualifiers largely due to lack of experience of the Nigerian Volleyball team who traveled with a young squad with the desire to prove a point and phase out old and more experienced players in the team.
Abdullahi who was the team’s head coach until just a few weeks to the qualifiers before Samuel Ajayi was asked to lead the team to the qualifiers said it was clear from the composition of the team that the team will only strive but their struggle looks imminent.
He thereafter said the drive to build a new team should be done more cautiously by the Federation.
“If you’re going to build this team now it will take maybe about 6 to 7 years because there is these sayings that Rome was not built a day. I told even the Technical director that an Olympic qualifier is a competition where you need experienced players.
“Players who have this exposure to international competitions. So that’s what happened. I think they should take it easy, for some of these old players that have settled in, let us use them to teach the other ones and gradually they will phase themselves out.”