The head coach of Nigeria men’s volleyball team, Usman Abdullah, said playing against defending champions Tunisia in the first group game at the African Seniors Volleyball Nations Championship was a litmus test for his team.
Nigeria lost to ten times African Champions Tunisia 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-18) in the men’s Pool B match at the ongoing 2021 African Seniors Volleyball Nation’s Championship in Rwanda.
Abdallah revealed the team shall work on their defence and attack, adding that every point in the next game will be crucial.
He said, “The Tunisian team has been together for a very long time, and they play as a team. Nigeria is trying to form a new national team with a collection of new players with a blend of exposed players. This game against the defending champions is like a litmus test for our subsequent matches.
“It is not always easy to play a team like Tunisia in your first match when you have not others and at least gotten your composure”.
“The match yesterday, I noticed we had problems in the effectiveness of our attacks and blocks. These are the areas I believe gave us problems against Tunisia; if we were attacking all our balls and make points, then we were able to block some of their balls too, the result of the match would have been better”, he added.
Ex-International said the team is focusing on winning her next two games against South Sudan and Ethiopia.
“We have put this match behind us and organized ourselves. I pray the players give their best in the next two matches because the maximum of these matches is what we need”.
Nigeria will face South Sudan on Wednesday (today) by 2 pm.