2023 African Volleyball Championship: Nigeria to face Kenya in quarterfinals
Posted : 20 August 2023
Nigeria will face vice champions Kenya in the quarterfinals of the 2023 African Senior Women's Volleyball Championship in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Nigeria lost to Algeria 2-3 (16-25, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 6-15) in their last group stage match at the multipurpose sports hall on Sunday.
Nigeria recorded two wins against Mali and Burundi as well as three losses in the hands of Cameroon, Egypt and Mali in the group stage.
The head coach of Nigeria women’s volleyball team, Samuel Ajayi said losing the fifth set to Algeria was painful.
Ajayi said all attention will be shifted to the quarterfinals of the championship as Nigeria faces silver medallists at the 2019 African Championship in Rwanda.
He said, “I am not happy with our loss against Algeria in the last group stage match. My players were not impressive in the first and second set but got their rhythm in the third and fourth set. I expected my players to win their fifth set but we made too many errors allowing the Algerians to take the first four points.”
“All attention has been shifted to the quarterfinals and we are playing one of the best teams in the championship.
Kenya were unbeaten in their group stage matches and are very experienced with proper exposure.
“Nigeria will not respect Kenya on the court when both teams meet on Tuesday; this might be our chance to make a huge statement in the championship.