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Beach Volleyball: Helen Of Team Taraba Confident To Represent Nigeria In Thailand

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

From: ABBA BASHIR; Sani Sulaiman

Ahead of the 2023 FIVB U-21 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Thailand, Helen Ishaya, a player for Team Taraba State says she is well prepared to represent the nation in the forthcoming event.

Ishaya who is currently at the National camp in Abuja gave the assurance while fielding questions from Sports Journalists at the Jolly Nyame Stadium Jalingo where the 2023 Beach Volleyball 2n phase Tour is taking place.

She was selected to be among the eight (8) female players that are in the National Camp in Abuja where two will be selected to represent Nigeria in Thailand.

She says “I feel happy, blessed, and opportunity to be selected to be in the National Camp for Taraba State and I will put in my best to make the list of the two that will represent Nigeria in Thailand.

Helen goes on to add “I am very well prepared to make Nigeria proud by coming back victorious.

Helen Ishaya and Nancy David are the two female players who are playing for Team Taraba who participated in the 1st phase of the Beach Volleyball tour and scaled through to the 2nd phase that is currently taking place in Jalingo.

She continued to say “My dream for Beach Volleyball was to play this game at the National level and also to represent Nigeria and also to become an international player.”

Nancy David also told sports journalists “This is the first time I was selected to play the National beach volleyball game in Taraba State and I prayed that I would become the winner.

The 2023 FIVB U-21 World Beach Volleyball championship is scheduled to be held from November 8 to 13 at the Beach Event Roi Et, Thailand.

Both Nigeria’s male and female teams qualified for the championship after placing fifth and second positions at the 2023 CAVB U21 Beach Volleyball Championship in Morocco in September.

Commenting on the performance of Helen Ishaya, the Taraba State Director, George Shitta is optimistic that she will make it to Thailand because of her track record.

He continues to say “I have been with her. I watched her in Abuja in the first phase, and I spoke to her today too. I have been speaking to her because I told her she should be among the two out of the eight (8) that will be in Thailand and she promised.”

Shitta added that “I say there is no magic, you have put in your best, so, that’s the magic about it. I am a Coach and I know what it takes to represent a country at this level, especially Nigeria.”

The 2023 Beach Volleyball Tour/ Star Tour is expected to end on November 5th at the Jolly Nyame Stadium Jalingo.

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