Kada Kings finished top at the first phase of the just concluded 2021 National Division 1 Volleyball League in Kaduna State with 21 points.
Kada Kings beat Kwara United 3-1 (28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-10) in the men’s final match at Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) to remain unbeaten in 7 matches during the first phase.
Speaking with newsmen after the match, the Head Coach of Kada Kings, Jonathan David commended his players for not giving up in the first set despite the scoreline which seem impossible to recover.
David said the unbeaten run was made possible due to his players’ determination and hardwork.
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“I am overexcited being unbeaten team so far in the tournament and it is due to our hardwork and determination. The first set was a bit dicey because Kwara United were leading 24-19 but the players had to give their best and we eventually won the set which was miraculous.
“I did not see Kwara as a threat but a normal team and we played a normal game but we miscalculated their tactical aspect in the third set. We picked the fourth set after the players played to our other tactics and you could see the result,” he said.
Meanwhile, JVC of Bauchi finished in second place with 20 points, Kwara United placed third position with 15 points, while Spartan Spikers of Yola are fourth with 13 points.
In fifth position are Katsina United with 9 points, Equity Spikers are sixth with 5 points, Caliphate Spikers of Sokoto in seventh position with 4 points, while Oyo State is placed eighth position with just a point.
The Chairman Caretaker Committee of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod expressed satisfaction with the level of organisation, the players who are the main actors, the coaches and most importantly the referees.
He applauded states and clubs who were present at the first phase of the League, appealing to other states and clubs in various locations to make themselves available for next Division 1 season.