Three consecutive loses at the U21 Men’s Nations Championship have condemned Nigeria to the fourth place in Tunisia.
Nigeria finished second in their group after losing 3-0 to the hosts Tunisia in their last group game.
Nigeria lost all three sets 21-25, 18-25, and 23-25 to finish second in the group and secure a clash against Egypt in the semis.
Nigeria lost to Egypt 1-3 (33-35, 28-26, 17-25, 16-25) in the first semifinals match while Tunisia defeated Cameroon by three straight sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 in the second semifinals on Saturday.
Nigeria led the Egyptians in the early minutes of the first set 17-11 but suffered several setbacks during the game. Egypt leveled up with Nigeria at 23-23 and the game ended in favour of Egypt 35-33 points.
Nigeria came in strong in the second set and eventually won 28-26 points. Egypt won the third and fourth set by 25-17 and 25-16 points.
The third place match against Cameroon was very close but Nigeria eventually lost 3-0.
Nigeria lost all sets 21-25, 20-25 and 23-25.