By Olayinka Elebute
Nigeria Customs Service female volleyball team has qualified for the first time for the semifinal of the Africa Club Cup Volleyball championship going on in Kelibia, Tunisia.
The team who placed fifth at the last outing in 2019 won three matches in the championship to seal the semi-final ticket. beat AS Douanes of Burkina Faso 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-11) to qualify for their first Semifinals in history.
Customs finished second in Pool B with 11 points, 4 behind leaders Carthage of Tunisia. Pipeline from Kenya was third with 10 points.
The Nigerian girls had earlier defeated Pipeline of Kenya 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 15-11) and Ivory Coast 3-2 and needed the tie against the Burkinabes to cruise through.
Speaking after the tie, Customs assistant coach Priscilla Agera hailed the players for their fighting spirit against former Club champion, Pipeline of Kenya.
The former National team captain said the victory recorded is a victory for every Nigerian volleyball player.
Agera said, “Kenya Pipeline is a good team, we trained very well and prepared for them and I thank God we had victory.
“I want to say congratulations to Nigeria because it has been a while that we defeated any club side from Kenya in the Club Championships. Today, I am so happy that we won. I said earlier than we will play the matches as they come, matches are not won outside but on the court
Meanwhile, the Secretary General Nigeria Customs Service sports unit, Samuel Onikeku said, “You know Kenya Pipeline is a very tough team, they have been champions before but we prepared our team and we knew we could beat them.
Onikeku added that “The team had some hiccups but we are still able to beat