African Volleyball Championship: We Succumb To Pressure But Remain Hopeful
Head coach of the Nigeria women volleyball team, Samuel Ajayi has attributed the team defeat to the pressure of playing against the host nation but remained hopeful on qualification, BSNsports.com.ng can report.
After winning the first group game against Senegal, the Nigeria side lost to the host nation Rwanda in the second game played on Monday at the Kigali Arena.
While speaking after the match, the coach said his players lost concentration due to the pressure from the crowd but maintain that they can still pick the semi-final ticket.
“I can’t believe it that we lost concentration at the crucial stage, the level of preparations and exposure we have affected us this evening.
I believe we still have a chance, with everything I have seen now, we will go back and correct it before our next match and make sure we secure ticket to the semi-final.
“I’m proud of my players with what they’ve done, technically we don’t have any problem but it’s just a little concentration because of the pressure from the crowd the players were not able to cope with that pressure that is what cost us the game today,” he said.
Nigeria will face Morocco in the last group game in a game they must win to qualify for the next round of the competition.