Invictus Games: Prince Harry’s Team Suffers Defeat to Nigeria Army Chief’s Side in Volleyball Game

Invictus Games: Prince Harry’s Team Suffers Defeat to Nigeria Army Chief’s Side in Volleyball Game

Babajide Orevba
May 12, 2024 at 7:16 AM
  • Prince Harry participated in a volleyball game as he continues to enjoy his time in Nigeria
  • The Duke of Sussex played the seated game alongside some army veterans in the country
  • Harry’s team was dressed in yellow, but they eventually lost the highly entertaining match

As part of activities to promote his Invictus Games, Prince Harry participated in a seated volleyball game with Nigerian army veterans.

The encounter featured some of the most wounded in battle against the country’s Islamist insurgency.

On Friday, May 10, the Duke of Sussex landed in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, and attended a school for an event on mental health.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Invictus Games, Abuja, Nigerian Army, Army veterans
Prince Harry played a seated volleyball game alongside Nigerian army veterans. Photo Credit: Andrew Esiebo.
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Prince Harry met with some of the wounded soldiers from the northwest.

On Saturday, he featured in an exhibition game against a team led by Nigeria’s chief of defence staff, the country’s top commander.

Punch reports that Harry’s team was dressed in yellow, but they lost the match 25-21.

The Prince's team started the encounter on a determined note, with chants of “Team Harry, Team Harry” reverberating throughout the arena whenever they scored.

On his team was Peacemaker Azuegbulam, a former soldier who lost his leg in a battle in the northeast.

Against all odds, Azuegbulam was the first African to win gold at the Invictus Games in Germany in 2023.

Why did Prince Harry visit Nigeria?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched a three-day private visit to the West African nation to meet with wounded soldiers and then visit local charities.

Their trip to Nigeria forms “part of the Invictus community, according to Air Vice-Marshal Abidemi Marquis, director of sports for the Nigerian Defence Headquarters.

Only recently, Meghan Markle said on her Archetypes podcast that a genealogy test had revealed she's "43% Nigerian."

When Prince Harry watched Lionel Messi

Sports Brief earlier reported that Prince Harry was seen on camera giggling and having fun just minutes before an MLS game involving Lionel Messi started.

Hollywood A-listers reported in attendance were Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Holland, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, Tyga, Owen Wilson, and Selena Gomez.

Sports stars also came out to see Messi live in the flesh. Los Angeles Dodgers stars Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw were included in the list, as were NBA legends Magic Johnson and James Harden.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.