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Nigeria qualify for 2021 volleyball world championship

The Nigerian U-19 male volleyball team have qualified for the 2021 FIVB World Championship after being crowned champions of Africa.

Nigeria had defeated Morocco three straight sets (25-8, 25-31, 25-23) earlier today at the Indoor Sports Hall, Package B, MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Prior to this game, the hosts had bullied West African opponents Gambia 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19) to consolidate on their opening victory 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-21) over Cameroon on Friday.

The defending champions Nigeria will now compete at the Volleyball World Championship for the second time in a row.

Cameroon picked the silver medal, Gambia efforts were only good enough for the bronze medal and Morocco ended their campaign in the 4th position.

Meanwhile, Cameroon’s U-18 girls thrashed their Nigerian counterparts 3-0 (25 -17, 25-21, 25-23) for the third time in four days at the African Nations Volleyball Championship to lift the tournaments title.

The two teams are the only ones around for the competition and have now qualified for the next female World Cup championship which will hold in Mexico later this year.

The U-18 Girls and U-19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship which started on Thursday ended today.

Nigeria finished as the top ranked team, closely followed by Cameroon as both nations will represent the continent when the championship begins on 24th August till 2nd September in Iran.

According to the rules, only player born on or after January 1, 2003 are eligible to participate in the championship.

Italy is the defending champions, having won their second title in Tunisia.

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