Nigeria’s male volleyball team won a bronze medal at the recently concluded U-21 Beach Volleyball championship held in Cairo, Egypt.
Nigeria defeated hosts, Egypt 2-1 (21-18, 20-22 & 15-13) in the third place match in front of their home fans on Tuesday evening.
The Nigerian boys lost to Mozambique in a tensed semi final match which ended 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-13).
Earlier, Nigeria won her first match against DR Congo 2-1 (18-21, 24-22, 15-12), lost her second match to Egypt (26-24, 17-21, 15-10).
The Nigerians however bounced back in their third match beating Morocco 2-0 (21-16 & 22-15) and won her fourth match against Botswana 2-0.
Chairman of Nigeria Volleyball Referee Association, Samuel Timothy served as head of delegation while Eze Collins and Emmanuel Okeke represented Nigeria at the championship.
Reacting to the result, President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod said the team put up a good show in Cairo.
Nimrod said that the driving force of the federation is to ensure that Nigeria becomes a stronghold in the game of beach volleyball in Africa and rest of the world.
He assured a sound preparation for the 2019 All African Games, saying that the team will be motivated to confront world class beach volleyball teams.
He said; “The intention of the federation is to make sure Nigeria conquers the world in beach volleyball. With time, Nigeria will be at par with countries such as USA, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Canada”.
He continued; “This is the time for beach volleyball to shine in Nigeria and we are not going to relent, we are going to get better”.