Nigeria’s women beach volleyball team beat Cameroon 2-0 to claim the event’s gold medal at the Camtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The pair of Tochukwu Nnourge and Francisca Ikhiede did not take chances as they humbled their Cameroonian counterparts 21-14, 21-13.
Meanwhile, the men's team lost 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) Central Africa in an explosive final.
The head coach of the Beach Volleyball teams, Francis Imoudu commended the players for the feats despite playing against the crowd.
He promised to work on the technical deficiencies noticed during the outing.
Imoudu said, "The girls made Nigeria proud by winning gold despite playing against the host in the final. It was a war of sand and entertaining in Yaoundé; our guys won the crowd but unfurnate we lost.
"It was a great outing all the same but technical deficiency noticed will be corrected in the next camp".
He added, "To our number one supporter, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod, we say a big thank you for making this trip possible despite the short notice.
Reacting, President NVBF, Engineer Musa Nimrod commended the players for their impressive performances at the Camtel International Beach Volleyball Championships.
He said, "This is just the beginning of the success stories in Beach Volleyball; there are various championships next year and the federation is doing everything possible to ensure you do not miss any.
"The ultimate goal is to be at Tokyo 2020 Olympics and with the help of God, board members and sponsors Nigeria will be one of the representatives at the prestigious Games".
Nigeria Beach Volleyball teams will meet Cameroon in the Semifinals of the male and female categories at the ongoing Camtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The male national team beat Congo DR 21-17, 21-14; Central Africa, 21-11, 21-11 and Cameroon 21-9, 21-13 topping their group
The female national team defeated Cameroon 28-14 and Congo DR 28-13, 28-17.
The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to return to the country with the gold medals.
He called on the Beach volleyball teams to give joy to the country’s teeming volleyball lovers by lifting the trophy in Cameroon.
He said: “It is important that we win in Yaoundé in order to fly with the same momentum to Tunisia various tournaments next year.
“I promise to continue to support the growth of the beach volleyball within and outside the country. My aim is to see Nigeria appear at the World Championships next year”.
Int'l Beach Volleyball: Nigeria female team through to knockout stages
Nigeria female beach volleyball team has booked a place in the knockout stages of the Carmtel International Championships in Yaoundé.
The female team beat Congo 28-14, Cameroon 28-11 and Central Africa 28-10 in the group stages.
Meanwhile, the male team defeated Chad 23-21, 21-11 at the championships.
Despite the flattering outcome of the encounters, the head coach of the Beach Volleyball teams, Francis Imoudu insisted his players respected their opponents.
He said, "We are very satisfied with the result as the important thing was to win. It was not easy as our opponent were very combative and aggressive."
He said, "We started well though in the second set of the men’s game we found it hard playing against the wind. Our opponent also worked hard and we never underestimated them. The most important thing is that the female team is through to the next stage.
He said, “The female matches is a single set of 28 points in the preliminary stages and in the knockout stages it will be best of three sets".
Nigeria’s national beach volleyball teams will participate in the 2nd edition of the Carmtel International Championships slated for Cameroon later this month.
The head coach of the Beach Volleyball teams, Francis Imougu stated this after their training session in Kaduna.
The Borno state based coach said the teams were selected based on their outing at the recently concluded National Sports Festival in Abuja.
He expressed optimism that the teams will have a good outing in Yaoundé.
Imougu said, “The players have been in one week camping exercise in Kaduna and the players are mentally and physically fit for the international championships. President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod has been the brain box behind the success of beach volleyball in Nigeria and we promise not to let him down”.
“During the inaugural championship, the Nigeria women’s team won gold medal while the men’s team settle for silver. This time around, we are prepared to bring home both gold medals”, he added.
The team comprises of two male (Godwin Shekaru and Andrew Sunday) as well as two female (Tochukwu Nnourge and Francisca Ikhiede).
The Carmtel International Beach Volleyball Championships is scheduled for 27th to 30thDecember, 2018 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Team Ondo and Team Rivers have emerged winners of the volleyball gold medal in the men and women category respectively at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Abuja.
Ondo overcame the threats from Plateau state, beating the 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-21, 25-18) in the male category, while Team Delta edged past Lagos state 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-18) in the female category.
The Delta girls were impressive throughout as they dominated the three sets. In the male category, Plateau state drew the first blood but could not maintain their momentum as Team Ondo recovered to win the event.
Rivers state beat Anambra 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-18) to win a bronze medal in the male category, while Kaduna defeated Enugu 3-0 to win bronze.
The finals of the volleyball event witnessed high dignitaries like former President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Evangelist Solomon Ogba; chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa, President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod and many others.
Team Ondo will lock horns with Team Rivers in the Semi finals of the Volleyball event at the ongoing 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Abuja.
Ondo state led by former national team player, Sunday Akinbo beat Team Yobe 3-0 (25-21, 28-26,25-23) at the outdoor court of the National Stadium Package B.
The highflying Ondo team is yet to lose any match.
In the second semi final match, a youthful Anambra side will face Plateau state on Thursday. Anambra state beat two experienced sides (Team Rivers and Team FCT) to qualify.
Meanwhile, Team Delta female team must beat Team Enugu if they want to play in the final. Delta came from a set down to beat Team Plateau before dismantling Team Kaduna in their second game.
The second female semi final match is between Team Lagos and Team Kaduna.
The final of the male and female volleyball event is for December 14th.
Anambra State are currently topping group A of the male volleyball event after beating FCT 3-1 at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Abuja.
The Uche Okafor led team humbled a FCT team filled with top national players who have been playing for over 10 years.
FCT teams comprises of players plying playing for Nigeria Customs, NSCDC amongst other.
The Willie Obiano boys narrowly took the first set 25-23 after much tussle from the FCT team. The FCT boys could not believe their eyes as the underrated Anambra State team stole the second set by 25-19.
FCT who were not going down without a point, beat Anambra 25-12 but the fourth set went the way of the Willie Obiano boys by 25-19.
An elated Chairman, Anambra State Volleyball Association, Philo Egbeuniwe commended the team's determination during the match.
She said, "I am happy with the progress of this team because we started assembling them during the Atlantic Conference of the Nigeria Volleyball Premier League last April. For them to beat Rivers state and the FCT, I am fulfilled".
A relatively unknown Anambra volleyball team defeated a star studded Rivers state team at the outdoor court of the Package B stadium. The Willie Obiano boys shocked a Rivers state team filled with former senior national team players in front of a mammoth crowd at the ongoing National Sports Festival.
Anambra unexpectedly took the first set by 25-21 causing panic in the camp of the Rivers state team led by the NSCDC coach. The second set resumed as Rivers state hurriedly dispatched Anambra by 25-16. Anambra who paraded a younger side took advantage of the loose balls in the third set to win 25-19 but River state fought hard to secure the fourth set. The fifth set went the way of Anambra state despite the crowd supporting Rivers state.
In the female category, Delta state came from behind to beat Plateau state 3-2 (25-27), (25-21, 25-17, 25-21). Ondo state will face Plateau state on Monday by 8am.