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Volleyball: COAS Stops Offa As Anambra Overpowers Immigrations

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Joel Ajayi

COAS Spikers started their campaign on a bright beating defending champions, Offa VC 3-2 (30-32, 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, 15-10) in the men’s category on day one of the 2023 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Abuja on Friday.

Offa VC took the first set of the encounter 32 to 30 points after playing for over 1 hour at the Moshood Abiola stadium. COAS came back into the game strong taking the second and third sets; 25-16, 25-22.

The defending champions, Offa did not waste time to take the fourth set despite the threats from the COAS Spikers 25-23. Coach Elishama Elam made some tactical changes in the fifth set as COAS outshone Offa VC 15 to 10 points.

In another interesting men’s match, second place NSCDC beat Nigeria Police Force 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11), a match played for 2 hours 55 minutes. Police won the first and fourth sets with NSCDC taking the remaining three sets in style.

Kada Kings were in seventh heaven as they pummeled experienced Nigeria Immigrations 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25). The youthful Kada Kings showed Nigeria Immigration no respect in all three sets bombarding them with spikes and droppings. Sunshine Spikers of Akure walked over Spartan Spikers of Yola 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0).

Meanwhile, Anambra Queens survived the scare of Nigeria Immigrations Service in the women’s match. Queens beat Immigrations 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 18-16) in an exciting encounter.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Spikers wasted no time in dispatching Life Camp VC 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-22) while league toppers, NSCDC beat COAS Spikers 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-15)  

Day 1 Men’s result

NSCDC v Nigeria Police 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 15-11)

Nigeria Immigration Service v Kada Kings 0-3 (18-25, 21-25, 25-27)

Offa VC v COAS Spikers 2-3 (32-30, 16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 10-15)

Sunshine Spikers v Spartans Spikers 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0)

Women

Nigeria Immigration Service v Anambra Queens 2-3 (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-18)

Life Camp VC v CNS Spikers 0-3 (13-25, 16-25, 22-25)

COAS Spikers v NSCDC 0-3 (16-25, 21-25, 15-25)

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Incredible Agada Bundles Fiorentina out of Viareggio Cup

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A Nigerian 17 years old Striker of Mavlon’s Football Club Charles Agada, in Tuesday in Italy orchestrated the exit of italian club Florentina out of the 2024 Viareggio Cup tournamentp courtesy of hatrick.
Fiorentina’s defence got a doze of the lethal injection from Agada when he scored in the 40th minute to give Mavlon 1-0 advantage going into the break.

He scored his brace in the 65th minute, but any thought of Mavlon being in a cruise control in the game was not seen, as Fiorentina clawed back with a goal in the 71st minute from Maiorana

The Italians piled more pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 90th minute to the excitement of football fans.

The game had the signature of a very round 16 tough knockout fixture and when both teams were thinking of extra time and possible lottery of penalties,  Agada, who was configured to score goals net the heart- breaking goal two minutes into stoppage time to seal a quarter- final passage for marvellous Mavlon FC.

The young striker, who is the captain of his team, has scored seven goals in four games at the on- going Viareggio Cup to make him the leading top scorer at this year’s edition.

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