Gilts and glamour was the order of the day as the 9th edition of the Africa zone 3 Volleyball board concluded her 5 days event in the center of excellent, Lagos; Nigeria.
The tournament which featured 7 male teams and 6 female teams while Togo, Benin-republic, Ghana alongside the host nation-Nigeria teams are countries that participated in the championship.
However, in the male finals, Ghana Police team who emerged first position in the previous edition has repeatedly beat their arch-rival which is Nigeria Customs in an action filled game.
Just like the women’s final, the men’s final also witnessed Ghana Police also defend their title after humiliating Nigeria Customs 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17) in a keenly contested encounter yesterday, thereby leaving their fans devastated.
Meanwhile, in the female category, Nigeria Customs maintained their unbeatable run resulting to a well-deserved victory at the finals as they edge over their Immigration counterparts.
In addition, both teams defeated all their opponent at the group stage thereby finishing with 1.8292 and 1.3081 respectively.
Elsewhere, Nigeria (male) Police clinched 3rd position while Nigeria (female) team occupy 3rd place.
In other female game, Nigeria Army came from behind to a memorable victory despite a one set down to defeat Kada Emeralds 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-12, 25-17) as they claim third place winners.
Also, Nigerian Police team endure a terrible setback during the semi-final loss to reigning side Ghana Police thereafter override their Nigerian Immigration compatriot in a three straight sets winning which ended thus: 25-20, 25-21, 27-25.
Unexpectedly, the Ghana Police team who have be enjoying bravery for a while now has succeeded in humbling Nigeria Customs to maintain her title aftermath a 3-0 victory over Nigeria Immigration (25-11, 25-21, 28-26).
Nigeria Customs, OTR of Togo, Kada Emeralds, Ghana Police, Nigeria Immigration and Nigeria Army are the teams that featured in the female games while Ghana Customs, Nigeria Immigration, Finances of Benin, Nigeria Customs, OTR of Togo, Entente of Benin, Nigeria Police featured in the male category.
FIVB referee, Sheba Jefferson and NVBF referee head was able to work assiduously in order to ensure a fair officiating throughout the tournament.
Nevertheless, the spectators were thrilled and satisfied during the championship. Also, this Volleyball fanatics who stood by their various teams while watching the games was in good conduct.
Engr. Musa Nimrod (NVBF President) told news men, "We're delighted hosting the zone 3 Africa Volleyball event again, but we look forward to build teams that can challenge other champions in the nearest future"
"Urging the participants to keep fit always as the game will take them places and will avail them opportunities to better their careers"
"We're calling on NGO's, government officials and well-to-do individuals for sponsorship in order to improve the game" Nimrod added.
CAVB zone 3 President, Paul Atchoe while delivering his speech, encourage the athletes, thanked the organizers and appreciated everyone that contributed immensely to the success of the program.
Further more, it was intriguing as the winners were warmly welcome, awarded medals, trophies by the entire VIP guests and volleyball leaders.
Conclusively, the colorful closing occasion was graced by Barrister Solomon Selcap Dalung, (Minister of Sports & Youths Development) representative Ahj. Bode Durotoye, Zone 3 President, Mr. Ali Yaro ( Zone 3 Secretary), Mrs. Mbora (Assistant-Director FMYSD) including NVBF board members.
The substantive coach of Kada Emeralds, Vincent Unogwu said his team is not in Lagos to play impressive game, but to fight defeat top contenders.
Unogwu stated this in Kaduna ahead of the Zone 3 Africa Volleyball Club Championship at the University of Lagos, from 14th to 19th April, 2019.
Unogwu said his target is to surprise other opponents at the championship and register his team in the heart of the world.
He said, "We are not only here to play impressive game but to fight it out and win. Speed, Power and Consistency are the pillar of our game. Kada Emeralds is the rebranded Kaduna state team, and this is the first time we are participating in this event.
"Our target for this championship is unlimited. It may sound ridiculous but we are coming to surprise the Zone and I bet you, our name shall be registered in the hearts of many people after the tournament".
Unogwu said the bulk of Kada Emeralds is filled with players who participated at last year's Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Abuja.
He said, "Just like during the last premier league we have one of the youngest sides and we maintain that pedigree with the confidence that we can transform the girls to become the power force of female volleyball in Nigeria.
"We are building and came with 80 percent of our premiere league players with an injection of other young but talented players.
"I know experience matters, and many people in the volleyball circle sees me as a grassroot coach. Yes it is true. But like my assistants, we all believe in fundamental of the game so we put into use our natural call of teaching grassroot by tutoring our players with fundamental skills and techniques, using the principle of intensity and reparation as a path to perfection".