Musa Nimrod is aiming for a Nigerian volleyball team to compete at Paris 2024 ©Nigeria Volleyball Federation

Nigeria Volleyball Federation President Musa Nimrod has revealed the governing body's main goal for the year is to have one of its teams qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games i Paris.

During his New Year message, Nimrod claimed that the Federation was fully prepared for the next 12 months.

However, he has stated that they will also need external support.

"Our doors are open for sponsorships and support, as well as seeking partnership and Memorandum of Understandings with corporate organisations that wish to key into the sport as a social responsibility to the Nigerian youths," Nimrod said, as reported by Pulse.

"Our aspiration this year includes making it to the numerous and important continental as well as global engagements vis-a-vis the 2023 African Games, 2023 African Youth Games and International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) U-19 Boys World Youth Championship, as well as a series of beach volleyball events, which will climax with the 2024 Olympics qualifiers, which Nigeria have registered to participate.

"The year 2023 is an opportunity to step up our commitment and dedication to our goals and objectives.

"This can only be achieved by our collective efforts and common desire for success as a federation."

Nimrod claims the Federation is working to organise more events so that athletes have as much chance as possible to play.

Musa Nimrod says that the Nigeria Volleyball Federation's goals
Musa Nimrod says that the Nigeria Volleyball Federation's goals "can only be achieved by our collective efforts and common desire for success" ©Getty Images

Neither of Nigeria's indoor volleyball teams are in the respective FIVB Olympic qualifying tournaments, but their beach volleyball sides have the chance to secure a Paris 2024.

Continental events in the discipline give the winner an Olympic place and represent Nigeria's best chance of qualification.

"In 2022, we dared to expand our horizon to involve National Division 2 Volleyball League and the Beach Volleyball Tour," Nimrod continued.

"Another category will be created this year for new entrants into the tour.

"The aim is to spread the opportunities of the game to all levels.

"Despite the lapses, we believe we can do better and be better, but everything better can only be achieved with unity of purpose and collective effort.

"No matter what challenges we faced, the past is now but a lesson.

"As we are ushered into the New Year, we have renewed hope for greater vision and better goals."