Lagos - Ahead of the 2014 Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament, head coach of the Beach Eagles, Audu Adamu Ejor has said his side is aiming to retain the trophy to present Nigerians with another Christmas gift.
The annual four-nation tournament which kicks-off from December 12-14 will feature three other African countries – continent defending champions Senegal, Ghana and Ivory Coast at the Lagos Atlantic.
Though expecting a tough contest against the African sides, Ejor said the fans will enjoy another spectacular display this time as they hope to successfully retain the title for the fourth time in a row.
"I'm happy that another opportunity is here for us to give Nigerians another Christmas gift.
"It will be tough no doubt because of the other African teams that will be involved in the competition. But as the best in Africa, we will prove ourselves again as champions.
Meanwhile, Ejor has released a provisional list of 18 players for this year's Copa Lagos.
On the list is legendary captain Olawale Isiaka and all-time record goal scorer Abu Azeez are among other familiar faces.
Sharks' goalkeeper Isah Danladi and Lobi Stars' Musa Najare, who replaced Ikechukwu Ibenegbu that will be absent for personal reasons, dominated the team of new invitees.
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The Super Sand-Eagles, Wednesday will begin an intensive one-week training activities at the usual base in Badagry with the 18-man team will vie for their places in the final squad list of 10 for the tournament.
Nigeria is the most successful team at the Championship winning in all three editions since inception in 2011, while Abu Azeez holds the record highest goal of 11.
Full squad list
Abdul Isah - Kaduna United, Isiaka Olawale - Dolphins [Captain], Okemmiri Ogbonnaya - Abia Warriors, Victor Tale – Confluence Beach team, Abu Azeez - Warri Wolves, Emeka Ogbonna - Leads United FC of Lagos, Oladipo Olalekan, Emma Ohweferia, Babatunde Badmus, and Atiku Sulaimon all of Owibeseb Beach team, Musa Najare - Lobi Stars, Isah Danladi – Sharks FC, Wasiu Akinbitan - Badagry Beach team, Abutu Adofu – Confluence Beach team, Samuel Kuchili - Plateau United, Idris Ahmed of Mighty Jets, Wasiu Jomih - Kwara Academy, Ehiabhi Festus - Bridge Boys of Lagos.
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