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Taraba Volleyball League kicks off

The Taraba State Volleyball Unity League, 2022 Season has began in Jalingo on Friday with seven participating clubs.

The competition is taking place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium Jalingo and was organized by private individuals GAMSA and ASP.

Speaking after the first match played between Team Duchess and Bangs Spikers, the chairman of the organizing committee, Ashasim Yakubu said that the objective of the league was to bring together all volleyball players within the state to foster unity.

” We brought up this league to encourage each one of us playing volleyball in the state to accept each other and play in harmony,” Yakubu added.

The host, Director of Taraba State Sports Council, Coach George Shitta said the state is gradually becoming a home of volleyball.

” I’m happy about it that Tarabans are heading to our calls to come and help the government to develop sports, and let’s try to identify the talents that are in Taraba State,”

George Shitta also explained that the league will serve as a hunt for hidden talents as the state is preparing for the National Sports Festival in Asaba, Delta state capital.

“Throughout this year, we hosted National Division II Volleyball, we hosted inter-local government Beach volleyball, we are now hosting the Unity League which is going to run for a while, and the last National Youth Games, Taraba State came 1st in volleyball throughout the country, so, we are going to build on these successes and continue to see where we can reach out,” Shitta said.

Captain of Team Duchess, Gimba Bala who lost 3-1 to Bangs Spikers, appreciated the turnout and described the game as wonderful, while he attributed their failure to the darkness at the pitch as according to him, most of his teammates are old people and were not seeing clearly.

Captain of the winner of the match, Bangs Spikers, Sylvanus Solomon described the game as an amazing one and expressed optimism that his team will win the tournament.

Bangs Spikers defeated Team Duchess in the opening game by 3-1.

Clubs participating are Team Kwararrafa, Team Model, Team THU, Team Duchess, Team Nukkai, and Bangs Spikers.

Reporting by Sani Sulaiman; Editing by Chinasa Ossai