The Egyptian ladies defeated the host country Nigeria 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-21) in a tightly contested encounter to lift the trophy of the 2023 Girls U-17 African Nations Volleyball Championship.
The electric final match played at the package of the Moshood Abiola Stadium on Thursday, in Abuja had in attendance Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Senator John Enoh, and top dignitaries.
Head coach of Nigeria U17 team, Sunday Akapson in reaction to the loss, said the players gave a good account of themselves.
He said, “These are young girls and this is their first time playing in an international championship. They fought hard to secure a ticket for the World Championship next year.
This is a very good grassroots for Nigeria Volleyball in general, we will continue to work on these girls to prepare them for future encounters,” he concluded.
He further stated that the federation has promised to give them adequate support to prepare ahead of the World Championships next year.
We are going to make Nigerians proud and in the ten years to come they will represent the country in the Olympics,” he predicted.
Mirabel Onyegwu, Nigeria’s Team Captain was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the Championship.
She said they wanted to win the championship, adding that they will continue to work for the next edition.
We will work harder to win next year’s championship and Nigerians should expect that we are going to bring back the trophy for the World Cup,” she said.
Egypt finished first on the podium, Nigeria second, and Cameroon third.