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Volleyball: Nigeria to host U19 Boys Africa Championship

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African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB), Bouchra Hajij has announced that Nigeria will host the 2020 Boys U19 African Nations Volleyball Championship.

The 2020 Boys U19 African Nations Volleyball Championship is scheduled to be played from 1st to 9th March, 2021 in Abuja.

In a letter signed by the Bouchra Hajij, the President of African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB), the championship will be held in accordance with CAVB competition regulations.

The letter read, “Further to the communication between the CAVB President, Bouchra Hajij and Eng Habu Gumel, we have the pleasure to inform you that CAVB has entrusted the organization of the 2020 Boys U19 African Nations Volleyball Championship to Nigeria Volleyball Federation.

“The championship will be used as the continental qualifier to the 2021 FIVB World Championship for Youth Boys U19 and is scheduled to be played from 1st to 9th March, 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria.

“The championship will be held in accordance with CAVB competition regulations. Extracts from the administrative and financial hosting conditions as provided in CAVB competition regulations, are herewith attached”.

Hajij in the statement advised countries attending the championship to adopt the FIVB Return to Volleyball Guidelines alongside all the other protocols provided by Nigerian health authorities.

It further said, “In view of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it has had in the organization of events of such magnitude, we will appreciate that you do adopt the “FIVB Return To Volleyball Guidelines” alongside all the other protocols provided by Nigerian health authorities in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the players and officials.

Meanwhile, Cameroun, Central Africa, Congo RDC, Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria have confirmed their participation in the championship.

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Volleyball: Professor Adeyanju, Aina Tips Nigeria U18/19 For Nations Cup Glory

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Joel Ajayi

The Vice President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Professor Florence Adeyanju and Ex International, Lola Aina has tipped the National U18/U19 as one of the favorites to win the 2021 African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.

Professor Adeyanju and Aina gave the hints during the presentation items to the teams on Monday. Adeyanju believes that the team has the potential to better Nigeria’s previous achievement at the last tournament in Kenya.

She said, “The country had always been blessed with talented and glory-seeking young Volleyball players.

“I believe the present crop of players in the country will do better than our own time. They stand a bright chance of representing the country at this year’s World Championships”.

Former captain of Niger women’s volleyball team believes that the U18 Girls and U19 Boys can make the nation proud.

Aina who was represented by the Coordinator Lola Aina Foundation, James Asoa urged Nigerians not to lay unnecessary pressure on the teams.

“The Nigeria U19 Boys are the favorite in this tournament because they are the team to beat and that is why it is not surprising when you see teams who play against them come out in full force.

“Those who tip the boys as favorites are not wrong because of the quality of players, the parade.

“Nevertheless, I would want us to move step by step and see how we progress in the competition”.

Lola Aina an ex-international, former Captain of the Nigeria Volleyball women’s team donated bags, water bottles, and backpacks to the 28 players planning to represent the country at the U18 Girls and U19 Boys African Nations Volleyball Championship in Abuja.

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