Nigeria still qualifies for world volleyball championship, despite defeats, says official

The team finished last at the 14th Africa Nations Junior Women Volleyball Championship.

The Nigeria junior women volleyball team would still be at the U-20 World championship, in spite of the team’s losses at the qualifiers, an official disclosed on Friday in Abuja.

Ebenezer Morakinyo, First Vice-President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, NVBF, said that the team would be at the championship, in spite of its failure at the African qualifiers.

“This is because Africa needed to be represented by three countries at the world championships,” he said.

NAN reports that the team lost its two matches at the 14th Africa Nations Junior Women Volleyball Championship which serves as a qualifier for the 17th Women’s Under-20 World Championship.

The team lost 1-3 to Algeria in its first match on Wednesday and 0-3 to Egypt on Thursday in its final game at the qualifier, which ends on Friday.

The losses meant that Nigeria finished last on the three-team table at the championship, with Egypt and Algeria in the top two positions.

The African championship kicked off on Wednesday at the Indoor Sports Hall of Package B of the Abuja National Stadium with teams from Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt.

The three countries were the only participants, instead of seven teams expected at the tournament, with Tunisia, Kenya, Rwanda and Congo Democratic Republic as absentees.

“Nigeria will still be at the world championship, in spite of the fact that we did not win any of our matches in the African championship, which is the qualifier. This is because Africa must have three representatives at the world championship. The absence of the remaining four countries gave us the advantage of qualifying,” Mr. Morakinyo, who is a member of the Organising Committee of the Confederation of African Volleyball, said.

The world championship is scheduled for June 21 to June 30 in Brno, the Czech Republic.



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