The Black Spikers of Ghana commenced this year’s Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone three Nations Cup tournament on Friday at the Lebanon House Arena in Accra with wins over Benin in both the male and female divisions.
The much-anticipated tournament. which began with a colourful opening ceremony. saw Team Ghana begin their campaign on a good note to the admiration of the ecstatic supporters who trooped to the arena to witness the championship.
Ghana’s female team thumped their counterparts from Benin in three straight sets (25-15, 25-11, 25-20) to announce their readiness to host and win the championship.
The Ghanaian female team proved their superiority over the Beninese as they dominated the whole game to record a 3-0 victory.
Ghana's female team beat Benin in three straight sets
Following their emphatic victory, the Head Coach of the Ghana female team, Chief Inspector Isaac Oppong, described their opening game as a walkover.
“I wasn’t expecting a difficult game because I know the type of team I have. The team has really prepared for this tournament because some months ago we were supposed to go and play an elimination in Abuja ahead of the Africa Games but we couldn’t go because of lack of funds. We continued our intensive training towards this tournament so honestly, I wasn’t expecting the ladies from Benin to give us a tough game set. It was always going to be an easy game for us,” he said
In the male’s division, the Ghana volleyball team thrashed Benin 3-1 to reiterate their ambition to win the male championship.
Team Ghana got off to a bright start after winning the first set 25-15 but despite the home crowd being in support of the host nation, the lads from Benin reacted in a positive fashion to win the second set 22-25.
The Black Spikers regrouped and came back strongly as they dictated the pace of the game in the third and fourth sets (25-23, 25-19)
The head coach of the Ghana male volleyball team, Rahman Abdul, said he was surprised by the performance of the Benin team although he didn’t expect it to be a walkover.
“First of all I am pleased with the results today and I must acknowledge the Benin team for the performance they put up today. Even though I was expecting a tough game, they gave us something more than a tough game but I’m happy we brushed them off eventually,” he admitted
The competition continues tomorrow with mouthwatering fixtures as Ghana’s U23 who are also featuring in the tournament take on Benin while Burkina Faso face-off with Mali and Nigeria