Nigeria U19 champions return in grand style

Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

The Nigeria U19 Boys Volleyball team ignited an ecstatic atmosphere as they returned in grand style to the country on Wednesday after defending the African Nations Championship’s title in Morocco to qualify for the 2023 World U19 Volleyball championship.

Through the Murtala Muhammed International airport where the triumphant team were received by the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), the Authentic Nigeria Supporters Club cheered them up with encomiums.

The Nigeria U19 Boys Volleyball team passed through a tumultuous road to defend their title, with Egypt the last of the foe to be plummeted in a straight three-set win.

In a statement by the President, NVBF, Engr Nimrod, the triumphant team displayed a rare manner of discipline and resilience to dislodge four North African teams en route to the finals, including a 25-20, 25-18, 31-29 victory against Egypt on Sunday.

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The elated Nimrod, who was represented by Martin Melandi, NBVF Technical Representative, to receive the African U19 champions at the airport in Lagos State, attributed the success of the team to hard work, commitment and adequate preparation for the prestigious tournament.

Moreover, the U19 Boys Volleyball team has made the nation proud in a season where laurels from athletics have strengthened Nigeria’s achievement in the world of sports.

Individually, the Nigerian U19 boys scooped home awards from the tourney with Elisha Anebi, Raheem Olayemi, and Abdulaziz Aliyu, named the Best Setter, Best Outside and Most Valuable Player respectively.

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