Nigeria’s women Beach Volleyball team defeated Mauritius 2-0 in the third place final of the 2016 African Qualifiers to clinch the bronze medal.
The hosts stunned Mauritius who were Africa women representatives at the London 2012 by 2-0 in both sets with (21-10,21-16) and (21-15,21-15).
Nigeria’s four players pairing of captain Priscilla Agera/Isabela Laju and Francisca Ikhiede/Tochukwu Nnoruga triumphed over their opponents from Mauritius who fielded Amgelique Ramdoss/Vanessa Chellumben and Haidi Bauda/Captain Maita Cousin).
Saturday, reigning champions had their Olympic dreams dashed despite the local fans came to cheer for the host team, but Egypt’s strong comeback in the golden match ended Nigeria’s Rio 2016 qualification run.
Nigeria 1 stunned Egypt 2 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) in the first match. Egypt bounced back in the second match 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-10) to force a golden match.
The Egyptian side showed grace under pressure in the golden match with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-18) win over the home team.
While fourth place finishers Mauritius were ouster by Rwanda in the semi finals.
The final ranking at the end of the qualifier:
Morocco — 5th
Sierra Leone -6th
The Gambia -8th