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Newcomers Nigeria plan to rock Snow Volleyball scene in Bariloche

From left to right, Nigeria's Amara Uchechukwu, Francisca Ikhiede, Tochukwu Nnoruga and Isabela Eyetsonetan
Bariloche, Argentina, August 1, 2019 - The third and final 2019 Snow Volleyball World Tour stage in Bariloche, Argentina, starts on Friday with Nigeria women’s team looking forward to winning despite it being their first ever appearance.

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The team composed by Isabela Eyetsonetan, Tochukwu Nnoruga, Francisca Ikhiede and Amara Uchechukwu will place Nigeria for the first time at a Snow Volleyball World Tour event, when the third leg unfolds in Bariloche’s Cerro Catedral from Friday to Sunday. 

“We found out about Snow Volleyball when the stages in Europe were played”, explains Eyetsonetan. “We watched some games via FIVB channels and enjoyed it so much. That was when we decided we wanted to be part of it.” 

The four of them know each other from representing Nigeria at the other variations of the sport, as they played both indoor and beach volleyball before. After smiling about this fact, Ikhiede adds: “There’s glamour in this sport. We found it very, very interesting from the first time we watched it.”

“We decided all together to come here”, she adds. “It was a collective decision; we wished to be here very bad.” 

When asked about their goals, something sparks in their eyes. “We are here to win”, stresses Eyetsonetan. Teammate Ikhiede agrees: “No player comes to a competition for losing. We want to win! We want to make our country proud and ourselves proud by winning at this tournament.” 

Pool play in both genders is scheduled to begin on Friday, moving to the elimination phase on Saturday until celebrating the champions on Sunday.

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