African U18 Girls Volleyball: Cameroon silence Nigeria at opener
Cameroon humbled Nigeria in front of home fans in straight sets 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-21) at the sports hall of the MKO Abiola Stadium at the ongoing 2021 U18 Girls African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja on Friday.
Nigeria fought hard in the first set of the game but could not overcome the hungry Cameroonians losing narrowly by 26-28.
In the second set, Nigeria started on the front foot by 19-14 points with spontaneous attacks but the Central Africans fought back to upset their hosts to claim 25-21 points at the end of the stage.
Cameroon continued their fine form and made it tough for the West Africans with a 16-8 lead. Now the Nigerians looked rattled as they struggled to cope against their visitors, who eventually snatched a 25-21 third set win.
Coach of Cameroon U18 Girls Volleyball team, Emile Tongtong said his team were more technically sound that the Nigerian girls.
While lauding his girls, Tongtong said he wanted to avenge the boys who lost to Nigeria boys the previous day.
“Nigeria is a good and young side but my team is more technically sound. My players have been playing together for a long time and we know how to overcome pressure,” he said.
“I told my girls that we have to beat Nigeria in order to avenge our boys’ team and I am happy the girls made me proud.”
Meanwhile, Gambia overpowered Morocco 3-2 (25-15, 25-27, 25-21, 20-25, 16-14) in the U19 Boys 2021 African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.
Day 3 Fixtures:
Cameroon v Morocco (3pm) U19 Boys
Gambia v Nigeria (5pm) U19 Boys
Cameroon v Ghana (7pm) U18 Girls