Ikhiede: Defeating Brazil in v/ball tourney changed my mentality

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Ikhiede: Defeating Brazil in v/ball tourney changed my mentality

Nigeria senior volleyball player, Francisca Ikhiede has revealed that beating Brazil at the 2020 Camtel Volleyball Invitational Championship in Cameroon gave her the mentality that no team is unbeatable.

Nigeria had won the country’s first gold medal in 2020 by defeating South America champions, Brazil 2-0 (21-15, 21-18) in the women’s final to clinch the trophy for the second consecutive year.

It will be noted that the team came back from a set down to beat highly rated Morocco in the semi finals 2-1(17-21, 21-14, 15-10).

Ikhiede also said the 2019 Zone 3 African Club Championship was one of her most exciting tournaments while urging younger players to be dedicated, hard-working and humble

She said, “I really want to encourage the younger players to keep the spirit high, work-hard and be humble. Nothing good comes easy in this life; there are times when things seems not to be working but always have the ability to say I can do it and I will not quit.

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“One of my most exciting matches was the game against Brazil at the 2020 Camtel Volleyball Invitational Championship in Cameroon. All odds were not favouring us as bookmarks have written us off; we went into the final and ended up defeating Brazil to retain our title”.

Ikhiede revealed that the experience gathered at her first snow volleyball is everlasting.

She said, “it was a nice experience playing for Nigeria at her first ever snow volleyball international championship. I have never witnessed such level of cold in my entire life but I was over the moon because I was able to see how snow looked like”.

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