Rwanda Volleyball U-21 Team on Thursday defeated their Nigerian counterpart by 3-0 at the ongoing 2018 Under-21 Boys Africa Volleyball Nations Cup in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rwanda dominated the Nigerians from start to finish as both teams played their second match.
Rwanda won the three straight set at 25-21, 25-18, and 25-23.
Rwanda had lost their first game to Tunisia 3-0 while Nigeria won their first match, defeating Cameroon 3-2.
Speaking after the game, Rwanda’s national team coach, Paul Bitok, congratulated his team, adding that the boys played a good game.
“I will like to congratulate my players; they played very well, we planned for Nigeria, knowing that it is a great team.
“I told my players to move from the beginning to the end and they achieved that because if you give them a time to relax, we will be in trouble,” he said.
Elishama Elam, head coach of Nigeria said the squad played well but did not play as a team.
“We never expected such result, knowing that the first set in volleyball is very important.
“We were leading with three points, if we had consolidated on those three points, this will not have happened.
“The game was a good one but my boys were not playing for each other. Everybody wanted to be a star.
“We are going to strategise and make sure that the boys play for each other for the match tomorrow,” he said.
Elam said that Nigeria’s match with Tunisia was a must-win to keep them in the championship.
“We need to beat Tunisia 3-0 or 3-1 to proceed to the next level. If we lose to Tunisia, then we are out but if we win, there is hope,” he said.
NAN reports that the championship continues on Friday with four matches as Rwanda meets Cameroon in the first match while Egypt encounters Morocco and Congo faces Chad.
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Maradona said earlier this month that he was considering leaving because of alleged bias from referees towards opposition teams.
However, the 58-year-old changed his tone after Dorados’ 1-0 home victory over Cimarrones de Sonora in their Ascenso MX quarterfinal first leg.
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Chicago sports broadcasting icon, Chet Coppock has died April 6 car after the accident in South Carolina.
Known as ‘The Godfather of Sports, Coppock was seated in the passenger seat during the crash, according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate.
The driver, a woman only identified as a 50-year-old from Hammond, Indiana crossed over the media and struck another vehicle head on before colliding with a third vehicle.
The driver’s condition has not been publicized.
Following the crash, which took place near the South Carolina-Georgia border, Coppock was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he ultimately died on Wednesday.
According to his former wife Anna Marie Busalacchi, Coppock’s family was by his side.
Investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Coppock’s daughter Lyndsey announced her father’s death on Facebook.
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