The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation Engineer Musa Nimrod said he has high hopes that the Nigeria team will go far at the 2018 Men’s U21 Africa Nations Cup in Abuja.
Nigeria made a comeback beating Cameroon 3-2 (24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-9) in front of the home fans at the National Stadium package B.
He said, “I want to appreciate you for the wonderful display today in front of the minister of sports, Solomon Dalung and lovers of Volleyball. Nigerians are very happy with you and now we have hope that the future of our volleyball is bright,”
“Our vision, as we have espoused from day one, is to build a sustainable volleyball culture for our dear nation. To do that, youth development is key”, said the Nimrod.
He told the boys to beat Rwanda in their second game in the Pool A of the Nations Cup
He said, “You must approach the matches’ one game at a time. Our objective is not only to qualify for the finals, but for the World Championship next year in Bahrain”.
“Don’t be distracted. Everything you need to excel has been be provided, so it is now left to you to show that desire and hunger to succeed.”
The national U-21 men’s volleyball team took on Tunisia Wednesday as they begin their chase for the African Championship glory in Abuja, Nigeria. The game starts at 6PM CAT.
Following Tuesday’s technical meeting, Rwanda has been drawn in Group A alongside the hosts Nigeria, Tunisia and Cameroon. Group B includes; Egypt, Chad, DR Congo and Morocco.
After the Tunisia clash today, Rwanda will be up against Nigeria Thursday before locking horns with Cameroon on Friday.
The best two teams from each pool will proceed to semi-finals, battling to secure slots to the final. The champions and beaten finalists will automatically book tickets to represent Africa at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship to be staged in Bahrain.