Volleyball: Nigeria beat Egypt 3-0 to retain Under 19 African title for second time

Nigeria dictated the pace in the beginning of the first set as they led Egypt by 8-3 points before the Egyptians closed the gap.


The Nigeria Under 19 Boys Volleyball Team, on Sunday defeated their counterpart Egypt 3-0 to retain their title as defending champions  in the 2022 Under 19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Morocco.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the final match played in El Jadida, Morocco, saw Nigeria pummeled Egypt 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 31-29).

Nigeria dictated the pace in the beginning of the first set as they led Egypt by 8-3 points before the Egyptians closed the gap.

The Eaglets finally got their winning by 25-20. Nigeria resumed the second set on a high note beating Egypt by 25-18.

The Egyptians began the third set on a high spirit, taking points alongside the Nigerian team.

Both teams took points from 25 to 25 before Nigeria eventually won by 31 to 29 points.

Adekalu Adeniyi, the head coach of the team said the players played according to instructions from the first to the third set,.

“We dedicate the trophy to God and the Nigeria Volleyball community. Today is my happiest day in 2022 , because Nigeria retained the trophy won in 2020.

“The players played according to the game plan from the blast of the whistle and never complained whenever they lost points.

“The players showed greatness from the first day of the championship and exhibited a high level of discipline during the course of play.

“I want to thank God Almighty for the opportunity given to me as the Head Coach to win the U19 African Nations Volleyball Championship again,” he said.

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The coach said : Coach Sani Mohammed and myself won the 2018 African Youth Games title, we emerged Champions of the 2020 Under 19 Boys Championship held in Nigeria (as assistant coach); now I am lifting the trophy as the Head Coach.

“I want to also appreciate the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) led by Musa Nimrod for the tremendous support for the success of the team as well as every Nigerian.

“The players still have a long way to go inspite of  their superb performance.

“All the players have special qualities in them and I strongly believe that they will become National Assets in future,” he said.

NAN reports that Nigeria won all their games in the championship.

They won the last edition of the championship held in Abuja,Nigeria, in 2021

The 2022 Under 19 Men’s African Nations Volleyball Championship, which started on Sept. 1 ended on Sunday, Sept. 11,  in El Jadida, Morocco.