· The Volleyball Lions of Cameroon came close to ending their 21-year-wait for a continental title but lost to 11-time champions Tunisia in the final of the 2021 men’s African Volleyball Championship on Tuesday.
By Beng Emmanuel
The head coach of Cameroon men Volleyball team Guy Roger Nanga has admitted that he did not expect to lose to Africa’s reigning champions Tunisia in the final of the 2021 men’s African Volleyball Championship in Kigali-Rwanda.
It was a disappointing ending for the men’s national Volleyball team of Cameroon who’s unbeaten run in the competition ended in sorrow. Despite starting the game brilliantly they failed to avenge their defeat in the final during the previous participation in 2019 to Tunisia.
The Volleyball Lions confidently took control of the tie by claiming the first set 25-16 but went on to lose the remaining sets 25-21, 25-21 and finally saw their hopes for a third continental title crash in the final set 25-16.
It is the fifth time Cameroon has lost in the final of the African Volleyball men’s Championship as they continue their pursuit for a first championship title in over two decades. But it was a defeat that the head coach Nanga has admitted he didn’t see coming.
“After what we have done for four months, I was not expecting to lose this final. But sometimes it happens. This is life we have to accept” – he said on state media CRTV.
“Now, we have to return home and after a few months begin preparation for the next competition which is the World Championship in Russia”.
However, by finishing as vice African champions for successive occasions after 2019, the men’s Volleyball team of Cameroon qualified for the next year’s World Championship finals in Russia.
Cameroon last won the African men’s Volleyball Championship title in 2001. Their first triumph came in 1989 when the competition was staged in Abidjan.