Nigeria senior men’s volleyball team beat Burkina Faso in their last Zone 3 qualifiers to secure qualification to 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco.
The 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-15) victory in Abidjan meant Nigeria clinched the sole ticket for the Zone 3 which consists of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Niger Republic.
Head coach of the team, Japhet Nuhu attributed the feat to the determination of the players and the support of the Musa Nimrod led Volleyball Federation of Nigeria.
The Niger brass coach said, “I am glad this team has qualified for the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco. It could have been disastrous if we did not qualify because the board led by Engineer Musa Nimrod has invested so much in the team.
“Before the boys went to the court, I told them the volleyball family is expecting good news and we cannot afford to disappoint them. This is a new beginning for volleyball in Nigeria.”
Captain of the team, Daniel Nathaniel said securing qualification was a ‘dream come true’ and promised to maintain the standard of the team at the AAG.
“This is a dream come true for me because I will be leading Nigeria to the All Africa Games as a captain. We promise not to lower the standard of our game when we get to the 2019 All Africa Games in Morocco,” Nathaniel said.
President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod praised the players and reiterated the Federation’s commitment to support the team in their preparations towards the African Games.
“It is a great pleasure that Nigeria will be in Morocco for the All Africa Games. I am excited that these new set of players are performing beyond expectations and the board promise to support you ahead of the games,” Nimrod said.