The men’s final of the Zone 3 Africa Volleyball Club Championships will be contested by the Nigeria Customs Service male team and regional rivals Ghana Police at the Sports Hall of the University of Lagos, today.
The match brings the two regional rivals together once again in a repeat of the 2018 final of the competition in which the Ghanaians emerged victorious at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
To make this final, Ghana Police dispatched Nigeria Immigration Service 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17) in the first semifinals played on Wednesday, while Nigeria Customs Service defeated the Nigeria Police team 3-0 (29-27, 25-22, 25-23) in the other semifinal encounter.
With the loss of last year’s final still fresh in the memory, head coach of Nigeria Customs Service, Femi Akanni said there won’t be a repeat of the “mistake” that gave the Ghanaians the title last year as his team are a lot more prepared for victory in this year’s final against Ghana Police.
“We are ready for Ghana this time around. The mistake we made during the last championship will not repeat itself here. My boys are prepared to deny Ghana Police the title,” Akanni said.
Meanwhile, the final in the women’s category will be an all Nigerian affair as the Nigeria Customs Service team will battle Nigeria Immigration Service for the championship today.
Nigeria Immigrations saw off Kada Emeralds 3-1 (17-25, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24) while the Nigeria Customs Service defeated the Nigeria Army 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-11, 25-13) in their respective semifinal matches on Wednesday.
2019 Zone 3 Africa Volleyball Club Championships Day 3 Results.
Male Category: Finance of Benin 3 v 0 AS OTR of Togo (25-15, 25-15, 25-23)
Female Category: Ghana Police 3 v 0 AS OTR of Togo (25-21, 25-13, 25-16)
Nigeria Customs 3 v 1 Nigeria Army (25-20, 23-25, 25-11, 25-13)
Nigeria Immigrations 3 v 1 Kada Emeralds (17-25, 25-16, 25-21, 26-24)
Ghana Police 3 v 0 Nigeria Immigration (25-21, 25-16, 25-17)
Nigeria Customs 3 v 0 Nigeria Police (29-27, 25-21, 26-24)
Day 3 Fixtures
5th position: Finance of Benin v Entente of Benin 10am (male)
3rd position: Nigeria Army v Kada Emeralds 12pm (Female)
3rd position: Nigeria Immigration v Nigeria Police 1:30pm (Male)
Final: Nigeria Customs v Nigeria Immigration 3pm (Female)
Final: Ghana Police v Nigeria Customs 4:30pm (Male)