NIGERIA/MOROCCO: Team Nigeria has defeated Morocco by 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-20) in their first match at the ongoing 2022 African under 21 men’s Volleyball championship in Tunisia.
The West African country took a fast start advantage by going 7-0 during the first round before the North African country, Moroccans could get their first point of the match.
However, the North African team tried harder during the second half of the game but could not quench the burning fire in the West African team where the match ended 25-12 with a clear 13 points difference.
During the second and third rounds of the game, it was 25-16 and 25-20.
Commenting on performing on the Nigeria team, the chief coach, Sani Mohammed, urged the boys not to be overwhelmed by the success recorded during Morocco’s match but to put up more fighting spirit to achieve more.
“I am very delighted with team Nigeria’s performance against Morocco, but you guys must do better and shy away from whatever will distract you, Mohammed cautioned the boys,” said Mohammed.
“Our goal here in Tunisia is to qualify for the U21 men’s Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Championship in 2023, and there is little to celebrate until that goal is achieved,” he added.
Mohammed further stated, “The team will not be carried away with the win against Morocco; we have to beat the Gambia and host Tunisia to top our group. The Gambia is a familiar team Nigeria played against them at the U19 level and they were a tough nut to crack.”
However, Nigeria’s next match will be against the Gambia later today, as they will play their third against the hosting nation, Tunisia, on Wednesday this week.
Eight countries, Morocco, Nigeria, Gambia, Egypt, Cameroon, Rwanda, Libya, and the host Tunisia, are participants in the Championships. The tournament which started on the 13 of August is expected to end on the 23rd.