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AYG2022: Nigeria, Benin qualify for beach volleyball

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor

Nigeria volleyball youth team and their counterpart, Benin Republic, have qualified to represent their countries in beach volleyball at the 2022 African Youth Games.

The giant of Africa’s team, during the course of qualification, beat Niger Republic in two sets, 21-13, 22-20 to record a 2-0 victory in the male category to complement their unbeaten run at the just concluded 2022 Zone III African Youth Games (AYG) Qualification Beach Volleyball held at Mobee Palace, Badagry, Lagos state.

In another scenario, Nigeria in the female category, walloped Benin Republic on two occasions being the only female team in be 2022 ZIII AYG qualifiers, 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) and 2-0 (21-8, 21-8) to garner 8 points to qualify for African Youth Games championship. The Trumpet Gathered

It is noteworthy to state that Nigeria male team finished top with 12 points followed by Benin Republic in second place with 9 points. Niger Republic placed third with 6 points while Ivory Coast occupied the fourth position with 3 points.

According to the report by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation(NVBF), the Secretary General of Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone III, Engineer Musa Nimrod commended the participating teams for making qualification a success.

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He hailed the Mobee of Badagry for providing the beach volleyball facilities and crowd support base during the qualifiers.

Nimrod, who is the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation said, “The 2022 Zone III African Youth Games Qualification Beach Volleyball was successful and I want to thank the Mobee of Badagry for providing the facilities and the people of Badagry are great; CAVB Zone III executives want to thank the countries that participated.

“It is not a surprise that Nigeria qualified for the African Youth Games and we will put in a lot of effort because the real games are not easy.

“The coaches have seen the weaknesses of the players; the Federation will begin the Beach Tour in July and it will strengthen the players,” Nimrod revealed.

He added that the participants are good representatives of beach volleyball sport and specifically thank Cote d’Ivoire for making up to the qualifying stage.

He continued: “Benin, Nigeria and Niger Republic are good in Beach Volleyball as far as I am concerned; I want to thank Ivory Coast for making it to the qualifiers.

“It is a great experience and I am optimistic the qualifiers will make Ivory Coast take beach volleyball serious,” he added

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