The Nigeria U-21 Volleyball team are looking to save face at the ongoing 2018 Men's U21 African Volleyball Nations Championship in Abuja.

The title as well as the top-four positions are already out of reach for Nigeria, hence the team is battling for face saving fifth-place finish.

Nigeria has already trounced Chad 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15) to book a place for the 5th position play off.

The Nigerian lads will face DR Congo on Tuesday by 1pm at the Abuja National Stadium Package B.

After losing to Rwanda in her last group stages match, the Nigeria boys had no choice than to win the play off in front of their fans.

Nigeria comfortably won the first set by 25-12 but almost lost the second set.

The boys were leading 22-13 points during the second game but lost concentration which the Chadian capitalized on the technical errors to equalize 22-22.

Luck smiled at the Nigeria team as they eventually won by 28-26 points. The third set eventually went to Nigeria 25-22.

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Elsewhere, Egypt and Tunisia are set for another classic final as they captured respective wins against Rwanda and Morocco respectively in the semifinal of the 2018 Men's U21 African Nations Championship to book World Championship tickets.

Tunisia overcame Morocco 3-0 (25-12, 28-26, 25-20) in the first semifinal held at Abuja Hall to book the first ticket to the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship in 2019.

Egypt outclassed Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22) with the support of the fans to pick the second final berth and play against arch rivals Tunisia in the final on Wednesday.

In the play off 5 to 8 places, Congo RD surprised Cameroon 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 25-18). Now winners Nigeria and RDC meet for the 5th position. Meanwhile losers Chad face Cameroon for the 7th place.

Semifinal Results

Tunisia v Morocco 3-0 (25-12, 28-26, 25-20)

Egypt v Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-22)

Play off 5-8:

Nigeria v Chad 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-15)

Congo RD v Cameroon 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-11, 25-18)


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