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Abuja All Stars Survive SWAN Onslaught, Record Slim Victory In Friendly Match

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Former junior international and Abuja All stars attacking midfielder Nasir Jubril was the hero as his team survived relentless attack from Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, FCT chapter to record a slim one-nil win in a novelty match on Friday.

Nasir Jubril rekindled his glorious days with a delicate free kick in the first half to settle the contest between two teams looking for the bragging rights in the federal capital territory.

Despite parading former Super Eagles attacker and team co-ordinator, Patrick Paschal and former junior international Nasir Jibril, the SWAN team were too hard a nut to crack for the stars studded Abuja veterans.

The sports writer paraded a dreaded strike force in the mold Tobi, Kila, Udeme while Obasi, Bukunmi and Amaechi Agbo were orchestrating things from the midfield, the defence was Marshalled by indefatigable Collins Ajibola supported by Odion Musa with Saheed Oladimeji and Mo Salah Saliu on the either side of the defence.

Though the SWAN team created few goal scoring opportunities but they gave a good account of themselves despite referee thwarting the chances .

The friendly match between the two sides is meant to herald the kick-off of Abuja veterans invitational tournament with 12 teams participating in the competition.

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Volleyball: Nigeria U21 targets 2023 FIVB World Championship ticket- Mohammed

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The Head Coach of Nigeria U21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed revealed that the country’s aim at the African U21 Nations Championship is to qualify for the 2023 FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

Mohammed stated this during a press briefing with journalists at Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) in Kaduna on Friday.

The African U21 Men’s Nations Championship is scheduled for 13th to 23rd August, 2022

He said the technical crew has studied the technicalities other teams especially the North Africa adding that other teams should be wary of Nigeria.

The former National setter said, “We were African U19 Champions and these set of boys attended the FIVB U19 Boys Championship. The boys have graduated to the U21 Men’s category and our target is to qualify for the FIVB U21 Men’s World Championship.

“The team is prepared, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod and his board members have tried their best; it is left for the players and coaches to do their best in Tunisia.”

“The technical crew have been studying the teams that will participate in the tournament because we do not sleep; other teams are wary of our current squad and development.

“We beam our search light on the host; Tunisia and other North African Nations. They feel the U21 is their birthright but this is an opportunity to let the World know we are equally good. Every team has their own strategy and when we meet on the court, the result will show our level of preparedness,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Engineer Musa Nimrod charged the players to be good ambassadors.

Nimrod said the current board members of Nigeria Volleyball Federation are solidly behind the team predicting podium finish for the former African U19 Champions.

The National U21 team departed the country on Friday (11:45pm) at the Nnamadi Azikiwe Airport to Tunisia.

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