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2021 V/ball Nations Cup: Nigeria qualify for Q/finals after 16 years

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Joel Ajayi


Nigeria breaks 16 years jinks by qualifying for the quarterfinals of the ongoing 2021 African Men’s Senior Volleyball Nations Championship in Rwanda.


Usman Abdallah’s men dug deep to defeat Ethiopia 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 32-34, 25-17) in their last match of Pool B.


An elated head coach of Nigeria men’s team, Usman Abdallah expressed satisfaction with his team’s display against the Ethiopia and he is now aiming to spring up a surprise in the quarterfinals.


“It was a good performance from the team today, we played really well though it was a tough game from the Ethiopians,” Abdallah said after the game.


“I am happy we could deal with the danger they posed in the first set but they became more determined in the 3rd set where they eventually won by 34-32 points”.


Abdallah said Nigeria wants to better her position in this year’s Nation’s Championship.
In 2019, Nigeria was missing at the African Nations Championship due to unseen circumstances; in 2017, we finished 13th position which was very poor. This time around, Nigeria wants to make a statement at this year’s edition”.


Nigeria will battle Cameroon in their quarterfinal match at the Kigali Arena on Saturday by 4pm.

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Transfer Saga: How Mikel Obi Refused to compensate me After I Linked Him Worth $4m Deal In Kuwait SC – Okafor

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What a cruel fate Michael Okafor is going through in the hands of his namesake, Mikel John Obi, as he has alleged that the former Super Eagles captain refused to compensate him after linking the player to Kuwait SC in a mouthwatering contract deal for two years.

Okafor said that he played an active role in linking the former Chelsea midfielder to Kuwait SC in a deal worth $4million dollars.

Sadly, he was sidelined and Mikel has refused to compensate after he signed the  2 – year contract with Kuwait SC in June.

“I linked Mikel John Obi to the deal that made him sign for Kuwait SC during the summer transfer season in June. Myself and partner, (Bader Almeraabi), who is based in Kuwait linked Mikel to the club for the deal,” Michael Okafor said.

“We had a conference call with Mikel and I told him everything, including the monetary figure in the deal.

 “After we did the conference call, which involved John Obi Mikel,  Abdullah Al-hamdan, the club agent of Kuwait SC, my partner, Bader and myself, the club went behind to contact Mikel John Obi and continued negotiation with him.

“When I contacted Mikel, he told me he will keep me posted as the event unfold, that I should not worry.

“Painfully for me, Mikel, the Nigerian Youth Ambassador never kept his promises, he never kept me posted, he never told me anything about the deal. 

“He went behind me to seal the deal and I have been trying to talk to him for us to settle amicably. But, he has refused to listen to me. All my messages to him were only read by him without reply. He reads all of them but no reply. 

“I brought such a lucrative offer in Kuwait SC at the age of 34 years and he is not willing to compensate me. I can’t imagine that Mikel will do this to me, a brother who brought such a lucrative deal to him. A Nigerian youth ambassador. His behaviour is very shocking. 

“I insisted that I should be paid compensated. At least I should get a commission from the deal. Mikel John Obi told me is that I should go to Abdullah ( who he normally calls Abdul) to get my commission. 

“He informed me that he will not give me my commission and that I should go to Abdullah to get it.

“I then asked him – Why not ask yourself how did Abdullah get your number? And you now directed me to contact Abdullah for my commission, forgetting that I connected you to him. 

“Mikel simply exhibited a greedy nature which I never suspected. This is very wicked as he insisted that I should go to Abdullah, who is the club agent of Kuwait SC to get my commission.

“Imagine a lucrative deal at the age of 34 years for a player like Mikel getting him a deal that is worth four million US dollars for two years is enough for him to gladly compensate me. 

“It is not a child’s play, it’s enough for him to compensate me without stress. The deal also came with the latest BMW 2022 model edition, yet he refused to be kind to me,” Okafor said sadly.

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