Nigeria overwhelmed Chad 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15) to book a place for the 5th position play off at the ongoing 2018 Men’s U21 African Volleyball Nations Championship in Abuja.
Nigeria will face DR Congo on Tuesday by 1pm for the 5th position at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Package B.
After losing to Rwanda in her last group stage match, the Nigerian boys had no choice than to win the play off in front of their fans.
Nigeria comfortably won the first set by 25-12 but almost lost the second set. The boys were leading 22-13 points during the second game but lost concentration that allowed the Chadians capitalized on the technical errors to deuce at 22-22. Luck smiled on the Nigerian team as they eventually won that set at 28-26 points. The third set eventually went the Nigerian way at 25-22.
In the semi finals proper, Egypt and Tunisia put up yet another classic games as they respectively recorded wins against Rwanda and Morocco in the semifinal of the 2018 Men’s U-21 African Nations Championship to book World Championship tickets.
Tunisia overcame Morocco 3-0 (25-12, 28-26, 25-20) in the first semi-final held at Abuja Hall to book the first ticket to the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship in 2019, while Egypt outclassed Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22) with the support of the fans to pick the second final berth and play against arch rivals Tunisia in the final on Wednesday.
In the play off 5 to 8 places, Congo RD surprised Cameroon 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 25-18). Now winners Nigeria and RDC meet for the 5th position. Meanwhile losers Chad face Cameroon for the 7th place.
Tunisia v Morocco 3-0 (25-12, 28-26, 25-20)
Egypt v Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22)
Play off 5-8:
Nigeria v Chad 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15)
Congo RD v Cameroon 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 25-18)