The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has donated N250,000 to national female volleyball team ahead of their 2014 FIVB World Championship zonal qualifier.
Mr Mike Omeri, the Director General of the agency made the donation when he visited the team during its training session at the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Abuja.
The team has been in camp since November 20 in preparation for the zonal qualifiers billed to hold from November 27 to December 1 in Cote d'Ivoire.
The NOA D-G urged the players to make the country proud by picking one of the tickets allocated to Africa.
``My main objective of being here is to inspire you with words and a token of N250,000 because nothing will be big enough other than knowing that your fatherland is at stake.
``I want to charge you to do the right thing by conquering Africa and represent Nigeria at the world stage and I believe you have the capacity to do it.
``I want to assure you that we in the agency will give you the support you need and as soon as I get the fixtures of your match.
``This is because once a Nigerian is making an effort in showcasing his/her talent on behalf of all of us, we should come out and support such,’’ Omeri said.
He said that NOA and the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) would partner to develop and promote the game.
''Now, the NVBF and the agency have become partners and I will ensure that we achieve something good for our fatherland.
``It is happening in football and I visited the Super Eagles just like this and they have been making us happy which I want you to do also,’’ the NOA DG said.
Omeri said that the agency was working toward having bill boards of successful sports men and women displayed across the country to serve as inspirations for younger ones.
Responding on behalf of the team, NVBF Technical Director, Tony Oghuma-Eghiemai said that the visit would serve as motivation to the team.
``On behalf of the NVBF board, we are encouraged by your presence, words and money.
``We want to appeal that through your agency, you should help us reach out to Nigerians that are blessed to remember and support the `lesser sports’.
``We hope that your agency will sell us to these people and they will come to our aid in terms of support,’’ Oghuma-Eghiemai said.
The team was grouped in Zone 3 alongside hosts, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
They will depart Nigeria on November 27 for the competition.