Host nation, Nigeria have been dumped out of the ongoing U21 Boys Africa Nations Cup by Tunisia on Friday evening.
Nigeria lost three straight sets for the second day running, losing 17-25; 30-32; 16-25 at the indoors volleyball court Package B in the Abuja National Stadium.
The boys who were desperate for a win began the match in a frenzy but the Arab nation had other ideas.
The Nigerians lost the first set easily but the second set was a tough one as both sides refused to let down their guards. With the set tied, a two point lead was needed for a winner to emerge which the Tunisians got.
With their morale down after the excruciating second set, Nigeria didn’t put too much of a fight as the third set ended 25-16 in favour of Tunisia.
In a chat with the Nigerian coach, Enishanma Elam, he said his boys were robbed of vital points from the second set blaming the officials for some dubious calls.
According to him, if his team had won the second set, they would have won the entire game.
With the team out of the competition, he will be focused on playing for the ranking just as he said the boys remain motivated despite the setback to have the chance of representing Africa at the World Championships.
“We will play for the ranking. The boys are not demoralised. They played a better match than the game against Rwanda, he said.
“Our loss to Rwanda contributed to what happened today (sic). We will now have to play for the ranking from position 5 to position 8,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Rwanda continued their impressive game to hand Cameroon their 3rd straight defeat winning 3-2 (25-21; 25-19; 23-25:23-25 and 15-12) in the first game of the day