Cameroon have dashed Nigeria’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals at the ongoing 2021 African Senior Nations Volleyball Championship in Rwanda.
The West African team beat their neighbours 3-1 (25-19, 25-27, 25-19, 25-20) in the men’s Quarter-final match at the Kigali Arena on Saturday.
Cameroon picked up the first set of the game 25-19 points before Nigeria recovered in the second set, fighting hard to win by 27-25 point. The 2019 runners-up charged out in the 3rd and 4th sets (25-19, 25-20) to book their place in the semis.
Head Coach of the Nigerian team, Usman Abdullah expressed satisfaction in the performance of his team against Cameroon.
Nigeria will battle for the 5th and 6th position at the Nation’s Championship on Monday and Abdallah said the next target is to win the classification matches.
“I am happy with the performance of the team; we wanted to beat Cameroon but they were a better side,” he explained.
“This Cameroonian team have been together for a long time, they finished second at the 2019 African Seniors Nations Championship in Egypt and most of them ply their trade in Europe. Nigeria is rebuilding her team and I am optimistic in the next three years, our team will be formidable.”