Abuja, Delta teams win volleyball championship

The championship was held in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

The Abuja and Delta teams on Saturday in Abuja won the second edition of the Volleyball President’s Beach Volleyball Championship for Men and Women.

In the competition played at the Jabi Lake beach volleyball court, the teams overcame stiff opposition to excel in the championship organised to select players into the national teams.

The Abuja team beat UCEM of Enugu 2-0, winning 24-22, 21-15 to claim the men’s competition and go home with the main trophy and a cash prize.

In the competition’s third place match, Kaduna beat Delta 12-21, 22-20, 15-8 for a 2-1 win.

Kaduna had lost to UCEM 1-2 in the semi-finals, while Delta lost 0-2 to the Abuja team.

Six teams from Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, FCT, Delta and Kaduna took part in the men’s competition.

In the women’s competition which had only four teams, Delta overwhelmed UCEM in the final, while Akwa Ibom beat Kaduna in the third-place match.

Speaking on the competition, Abuja’s Okwute Renus said he was happy with the results achieved from his participation.

“This is my first time of participating in any beach volleyball competition, and I am happy with the fact that I finished it as one of the main winners,’’ he said.

The player, who is a student of Nassarawa Polytechnic, attributed his performance to training and the zeal to excel in the game.

On his part, UCEM’s Ogbogu Henry, while speaking on his team’s performance, said he was fulfilled at what his team had done.

“I am fulfilled with my participation and what my team has achieved. This is my first time of taking part in a competition and it has exposed me to so many opportunities as I have learnt so much,’’ he said.

Also, his teammate, Ochi Michael, said he was happy to have played in a team which reached the final of the competition.

“The last time I was here, last year in the Samsung competition, we dropped out in the quarter-finals. But now; here I am, a finalist. I thank God for this chance and I don’t feel disappointed,’’ he said.

The competition was wholly sponsored by the organisers, the Nigeria Volleyball Federation. It served as an avenue for the federation to pick players for its junior team which will begin camping in Abuja on Monday.

The team would be preparing for a continental championship in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

(NAN)


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