V’ball: Nigeria eye top spot after Gambia win


Ebenezer Bajela

Head coach of Nigeria’s U-21 men’s volleyball team, Sani Mohammed, says the team’s ambition is to finish top of their group following their victory over Gambia at the ongoing 2022 African U-21 Men’s Nation’s Volleyball Championship in Tunisia.

After defeating Morocco 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-20) in their first match of the tournament on Monday, the Nigeria U-21 volleyball team on Tuesday defeated Gambia 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-15) to record their second consecutive win in Tunisia.

Nigeria’s Abdulquadri Jaiyeola recorded 19 points in the match, with 13 attacks, three blocks and one ace from service.

Speaking after the match, Mohammed said they want to finish top of the group and stand a better chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.

He said, “This is a great result for the team; we want to secure all the available points in the group stage. I and the assistant coach, Suleiman Ajeigbe, took our time to study the Gambians when they played against hosts Tunisia on Monday. The Gambian side are good but we are better.

“The goal is to finish first in Group A. We will either meet Egypt or Cameroon. Any of the teams that come our way in the next round will be played with our last drop. The boys are ready to make Nigeria proud and get one of the available tickets to the 2023 FIVB World Championship.”

Nigeria will face Tunisia on Wednesday in their last group stage match.