The Nigerian male national Volleyball team has broken a 16 years jinx after qualifying for the quarter-finals of African Senior Championship following victory over their Ethiopian counterpart.
It’s 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 32-34, 25-17) win over the Ethiopians during their last match of Pool B afforded the team ample opportunity to qualify for the quarter-finals at 2021 edition of the tournament holding in Rwanda.
At the last eight of the tournament, the Nigerian team would battle Cameroon at the Sporting Arena in Kigali, the country’s capital, for a spot in the semi-final.
Speaking on the achievements, the Team coach, Usman Abdallah, stated that he was pleased with his team’s performance and wished that they could replicate such performance during the quarter-final against Cameroon and advance to the next stage of the competition.
“It was a good performance from the team today, we played really well, though it was a tough game from the Ethiopians. I am happy we could deal with the danger they posed in the first set but they became more determined in the third set where they eventually won by 34-32 points.”
Abdallah, who confirmed that the major objective of the team was to be in a better position in this year’s Nation’s Championship, said: “In 2019, Nigeria was missing at the African Nations Championship due to unseen circumstances; in 2017, we finished 13th position which was very poor. This time around, Nigeria wants to make a statement at this year’s edition”.