Volleyball: Nigeria Lose Opening Match At U-19 World Championship


Nigeria lost their opening match at the ongoing 2021 FIVB U-19 Boys Volleyball World Championship in Iran on Tuesday.

Despite putting up a good challenge, the two-time African champions lost 3-1 (17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 26-24) to India.

Nigeria’s opposite hitter, Abdulquadri Jaiyeola was the country’s best scorer with 15 points followed by opposite hitter, Michael Abari with 14 points.

In the match skills, Nigeria had 52 digs, 94 reception, and 133 sets and recorded 57 attacks, 13 blocks, 32 opponent errors, and 87 points in total.

The Head Coach of team Nigeria, Sani Mohammed said the team will shift attention on how to win their next match against Poland on Wednesday.

Mohammed said his team will learn from the defeat against India and focus on correcting mistakes observed against India.

“The match against India was a very painful loss. We had the mindset of beating the Asian team but the game went to them at the end of the day,” he said.

“We are now focused on our game against Poland tomorrow; the boys will not show any respect for the European side.

“Our mistakes noticed against India will be corrected before our next game. I want to thank everyone back home for their support and I assure you that we will not disappoint you.”

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