Nigeria’s Female Beach Volleyball Team has qualified for 2019 World Beach Volleyball Championship in Hamburg Germany later this year.
The pair of Tochukwu Nnoruga and Fransica Ikhiede did not take chances as they humbled Rakatou Seydou and Roukaya Garba of Niger Republic in two straight sets 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) to qualify for the Semifinals clash against Egypt in the ongoing African Nations Beach Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championships in Abuja yesterday.
Meanwhile, in the male category, Nigerian men failed to qualify for the world championship as they suffer a 2-0 (16-21 15-21) lost to Mozambique in the quarterfinal game.
Speaking after the game, Nigeria National Team Coach, Imoudu Francis, commended the female team for picking the last ticket adding that the team will put up good show when they lock horns with their Egyptian foes.
“The game was explosive because it was a desired and a qualification ticket people get to misunderstand the concept of this competition, is not winning the cup every team want to make sure that they are in the world cup, that is why we supported Sierra Leone to clinch the other ticket so that West Africa will have at less a nation in the world championship.”
“Despite the defeat, we suffered against Egypt in the last game we are going to put up a good show in when we play them in the semifinals.”
Reacting to the result, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod expressed satisfaction on team Nigeria performance so far in the tournament and promised to support the team in their quest to make the nation proud.
“Qualifying to the world championship is what we have been looking forward to because it is one of the reasons we are hosting the games” he concluded.