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Volleyball Championships: Nigeria beat Libya, lands in semi-finals

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 The Nigeria Under 21 Men s Volleyball Team on Friday defeated Libya 3 2 in the quarter finals to qualify for the semi finals of the 2022 African U 21 Men s Volleyball Championship in Tunis Tunisia The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian team laboured to beat Libya 3 2 25 20 18 25 25 20 22 25 15 8 to book a place in the semis The Nigerian side struck early taking the first set by 25 20 points with the Libyans sending a clear signal to Nigeria winning 25 18 points in the second set Nigeria s middle blockers were kept busy throughout the third set and it paid off as Nigeria won 25 20 in the third set Nigeria led in the early stage of the fourth set but Libya overtook the West African giants and won 25 22 points It was a family affair in the fifth set before Nigeria took charge and won by 15 8 The win against the stubborn north Africans saw Nigeria zoom into the semi finals of the competition Nigeria had recorded two wins earlier in the group stage match when they defeated Morocco 3 0 in their first match and also beat Gambia 3 0 in their second match They however lost their third match against hosts Tunisia 0 3 The assistant coach of Nigeria s team Suleiman Ajeigbe said the boys were not tensed despite playing a five set thriller in their quarter final match Ajeigbe said the team had worked extremely hard adding that the boys were on top of their game I m happy it was not an easy task but the boys were prepared and we ensured that they were on top of their game The Libyans threw their weight at us but the boys gave their best the morale is high ahead of our semifinal clash There was no tension in the air when Libya levelled up in the fourth set I told them to give their best because there must be a winner in the game My head coach Sani Mohammed in the fifth set strategised and had some pep talk with the boys the last set came our way he said He said the team wanted to return to the country with the trophy They have the necessary support from members of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation The Nigeria Volleyball Federation NVBF gave the team the necessary support before attending the Nations Championship The Libyans did not come to make the numbers here I am certain that was why they wanted to upset us By God grace we want to return to Nigeria with the trophy he said NAN reports that Nigeria is grouped alongside Morocco Gambia and host Tunisia Eight countries Morocco Nigeria Gambia Egypt Cameroon Rwanda Libya and host Tunisia are participating in the Championships The U 21 African Volleyball championship which started on Aug 13 will end on 23 in Tunis Tunisia NewsSourceCredit NAN
Volleyball Championships: Nigeria beat Libya, lands in semi-finals

Under-21 Men

The Nigeria Under-21 Men’s Volleyball Team on Friday defeated Libya 3-2 in the quarter-finals to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2022 African U-21 Men’s Volleyball Championship in Tunis, Tunisia.

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News Agency of Nigeria

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian team laboured to beat Libya 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-8) to book a place in the semis.

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The Nigerian side struck early, taking the first set by 25-20 points, with the Libyans sending a clear signal to Nigeria winning 25-18 points in the second set.

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Nigeria’s middle blockers were kept busy throughout the third set and it paid off as Nigeria won 25-20 in the third set.

West African

Nigeria led in the early stage of the fourth set but Libya overtook the West African giants and won 25-22 points.

It was a family affair in the fifth set before Nigeria took charge and won by 15-8.
The win against the stubborn north Africans saw Nigeria zoom into the semi-finals of the competition.

Nigeria had recorded two wins earlier in the group stage match, when they defeated Morocco 3-0 in their first match and also beat Gambia 3-0 in their second match .

They, however, lost their third match against hosts Tunisia 0-3 .

Suleiman Ajeigbe

The assistant coach of Nigeria’s team, Suleiman Ajeigbe, said the boys were not tensed despite playing a five-set thriller in their quarter-final match.

Ajeigbe said the team had worked extremely hard, adding that the boys were on top of their game.

“I’m happy, it was not an easy task but the boys were prepared and we ensured that they were on top of their game.

“The Libyans threw their weight at us but the boys gave their best; the morale is high ahead of our semifinal clash.

“There was no tension in the air when Libya levelled up in the fourth set; I told them to give their best because there must be a winner in the game.

Sani Mohammed

“My head coach, Sani Mohammed in the fifth set, strategised and had some pep talk with the boys; the last set came our way,” he said .

He said the team wanted to return to the country with the trophy.

Nigeria Volleyball Federation

“They have the necessary support from members of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation.

Nigeria Volleyball Federation

“The Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) gave the team the necessary support before attending the Nations Championship .

“The Libyans did not come to make the numbers here; I am certain that was why they wanted to upset us.

“By God grace , we want to return to Nigeria with the trophy,” he said .

NAN reports that Nigeria is grouped alongside Morocco, Gambia and host Tunisia.

Eight countries: Morocco, Nigeria, Gambia, Egypt, Cameroon, Rwanda, Libya and host Tunisia are participating in the Championships.

U-21 African Volleyball

The U-21 African Volleyball championship, which started on Aug.13, will end on 23 in Tunis, Tunisia.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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