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Nigeria EmergedThird At U21 Beach Volleyball Tourney



Joel Ajayi

Nigeria volleyball male took third place at the recently concluded U21 Beach Volleyball championship in Cairo.

Nigeria defeated host Egypt in the bronze medal match in front of her home fans on Tuesday evening. The Nigeria boys lost to Mozambique in a tensed semi-final match which ended 2-1 (21-18, 20-22, 15-13) in favor of Mozambique.

Nigeria won her first match against DR Congo 2-1 (18-21, 24-22, 15-12), lost her second match to Egypt (26-24, 17-21, 15-10). Nigeria bounced back in her third match beating Morocco 2-0 (21-16, 22-15) and won her fourth match against Botswana 2-0.

The chairman of Nigeria Volleyball Referee Association, Samuel Timothy is the head of the delegation while Eze Collins and Emmanuel Okeke represented Nigeria at the championship.

Reacting to the result, the President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod said the team put up a good game in Cairo.

Nimrod said that the driving force of the federation is to ensure that Nigeria becomes a stronghold in the game of beach volleyball in Africa and beyond.

He assured the preparation for 2019 All African Games, saying that the team will not rest on its oar to dangle the axe against world-class beach volleyball team.

He said, “The intention of the federation is to make sure Nigeria conquers the world in beach volleyball. With time, I believe Nigeria will be on par with countries like USA, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Canada among others”

He further said, “This is the time for beach volleyball to shine and we are not going to go backward, we are only going to get better”.


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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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