Nigeria recorded a shock victory over host, Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-16) at the Zone 3 Men’s Volleyball Qualifiers in Abidjan on Monday.
Nigeria shocked the home crowd at Treshville Salle des Sports beating a star studded Côte d’Ivoire who were tipped as tournament favourites.
Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire had earlier won their opening games by three straight sets last Saturday.
Assistant coach of Nigeria Volleyball team, Elishama Elam dedicated the victory to volleyball players and coaches in Nigeria.
“This victory is not only for the boys in Abidjan but to all the active and non active players as well as the coaches who despite our challenges prayed for us. We promise to bring home the sole ticket to the country.”
An elated President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod praised the players for their outstanding performance against the host.
He urged the boys not to relent on their oars while playing their last game against Burkina Faso.
“The nation is proud of you because you have shown class against Cote d’Ivoire. I want you to approach your last match just as the way you executed your first and second matches.
“The All Africa Games sole ticket must comeback with you to the country because we are ready to make an impact at the games proper in Morocco”, he added.