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Beach Volleyball: Nigeria qualifies for 13th African Games

Nigeria’s men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams have qualified for the 13th African Games in Ghana.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the games is scheduled for March 8–23 in Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.

The pair of Esther Mbah and Pamela Bawa recorded a 100 per cent winning record in the women’s category.

They defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 (21-12, 21-10), Benin Republic 2-0 (21-6, 21-13), and Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 (21-6, 21-6).

The pair of Hilary Simon and Obayemi Ogunshina recorded three wins against Burkina Faso, 2-0 (21-15, 21-11), and Togo, 2-1 (15-21, 21-13, 21-13).

They also beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-13), losing to Benin Republic 2-1 (21-14, 21-23, 15-21).

The coach of the Nigeria women’s team, Kayode Ajilore, commended the resilient spirit of the players for ensuring the nation qualifies for the African Games.

He praised the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, led by Musa Nimrod, for supporting the dreams of the young players.

“I am full of joy to see that the women’s beach volleyball team qualified for the African Games.

“The young girls have been able to cement their place in Zone III, and I am sure they will go far with adequate preparations.

“They played every game like their lives depended on it for survival, and they eventually brought home the ticket.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the board of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, led by Nimrod, for making sure the dreams of the girls became reality, he said.

Ajilore said the players will resume closed camp immediately to work on some lapses observed during the qualifiers.

He said the plan is to work towards winning a medal for the country.

“There is no time for the players to spare. Once we arrive in Nigeria, the players will resume camp with the guidance of other assistant coaches to adjust some weaknesses.

“I will inform the Nigeria Beach Volleyball Commission of the need to put the players in camp because we do not have any time to spare.

“I believe in the ability of the players, and they will show other countries. He said I pray that the girls return with a medal after the African Games


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