Nigeria’s Customs Volleyball team served off their continental campaign on a good note by beating USFA of Burkina Faso 3-0 in the opening Pool A match at the 2019 Africa Women’s Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt.
The combination of team captain Priscilla Agera, Tochi Nnoruga, Ladi Jalmet and Aisha Umar proved too much for the Burkinabes as they went down 25-3 in the first set.
The Nigerians allowed a bit of complacency in the second set but found their footing to take the second set 25-9.
USFA came into the third set with a bit more purpose and proved keen competitors and even though they put up better displays than in the two preceding sets, Custom’s ultimately won 25-17 to sweep the game 3-0.
Reacting to the victory, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Customs Service sports unit, Samuel Onikeku praised the team’s display in their first matching paying particular compliments to their on-court discipline and coordination. He added the team still had room for improvement which should be apparent when they play their next match.
“This is a good start for the Nigeria Customs female volleyball team. The first set was a record and we played better as we proceeded.
“The girls are playing at a different level now because they are well motivated and it has translated to more coordination and court discipline. Before we left for Cairo, we played numerous friendlies while in camp and this helped us a lot.
“The girls will play better in their next match because they have two free days to improve on their defence band and court discipline.”
Customs next face Congolese side Canon (RD Congo) on Tuesday, 19 March, by 3pm.