U-19 Boys Volleyball championship: Nigeria coach targets African Youth championship win


Mohammed Sani, head coach of the Nigeria team, on Saturday, said his target is to win the ongoing U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball championship, in Abuja.

Sani told journalists, after winning the second match against Gambia 3-1, that his team would work hard to secure a ticket for the World Cup in Iran.

He said he was satisfied with the performance of his players which give them a good result.

“The match was not as tough as the match against Cameroon. I still have one match to go which will give me  assurance of going to Iran for the World Cup.

“We need to work on court and nest defense and the a cute of intellectual of the players.

“My target is to win the African Youth tournament which will give me a ticket to Iran, the target is very achievable,” Sani said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the match played at the Moshood Abiola National stadium the Nigerian team was on top of their game to defeat their Gambian counterparts.

Nigeria beat Gambia 25-20 in the first set, Gambia fought back to win the second set 25-23.

The Nigerian team fought back to take the third set 25-20 and also won the fourth set 25-19 to achieve the 3-1 final score line.

Speaking with  NAN, Marie Wadda, the Coach of Gambia, said her players played well even though they lost their second match.

“We wanted to win this game, but it turned out the other way for us.

“The race is between the three of us, Cameroon has four points, now Nigeria has five points with this win, we are with two points..

“We will work hard to win our match on Sunday against Cameroon to have five points, we only played with 10 players and the substitution was not coming forth from my side.

“My players displayed good skills in their game and I am proud of them,” she said.

The U-18 Girls and U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball championship, which started on Thursday is expected to end on March 9. (NAN)

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