Volleyball: Nimrod hails Nigeria U-19 boys after triumph


Ebenezer Bajela

President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Musa Nimrod, has congratulated the Nigeria U-19 boys’ volleyball team following their qualification for next year U-19 FIVB Boys’ World Championship.

The Adekalu Adeniyi-led team sealed a spot at the 2023 FIVB World Cup following their emphatic final victory against Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 31-29) at the just concluded U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Morocco on Sunday.

Nigeria U-19 boys emerged back to back champions of the U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship after successfully defending the title they two years ago.

The victory means Nigeria will be attending their third FIVB World Championship in 2023 under the stewardship of Nimrod.

An elated Nimrod lauded the performance of the players throughout the championship as well as the technical crew for their efforts in ensuring Nigeria remain champions.

The Secretary General of Confederation of African Volleyball Zone 3 says he looks forward to the next generation of upcoming stars, who through hard work, discipline, resilience and determination, will one day win the World Cup for Nigeria.

He said, “I am impressed with the performance of the team throughout the championship and for maintaining its dominant posture as defending champions of the U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship. The technical crew have also shown their abilities to interpret games during crucial periods.

“Having won the tournament twice in 2020 and 2022, under this board, I am assuring you of the board’s total support as well as the volleyball community.

“Nigeria is the first Sub Saharan African country to win the Championship twice and attended the World Championship twice. It is my prayers that this current crop of players will surpass the 14 position placed by the previous teams”