Though the North African team tried harder in the second and third sets, Nigeria was the better team, winning both sets 25-16 and 25-20.
As expected, the head coach of Nigeria’s U21 men’s team, Sani Mohammed, expressed delight in his team’s performance against Morocco but cautioned them not to get too carried away.
For Mohammed, the goal in Tunisia is to qualify for the FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship in 2023, and there is little to celebrate until that goal is met.
“The team will not be carried away with the win against Morocco; we have to beat the Gambia and host Tunisia to top our group. The Gambia is a familiar team, Nigeria played against them at the U19 level and they were a tough nut to crack”.
Nigeria will up against the Gambia on Tuesday before squaring up against hosts, Tunisia on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter: @tundeyeludini