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Beach Eagles get NFF praise

17 December 2013, 18:47Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has hailed the Beach Eagles for successfully defending the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament trophy.

The Beach Eagles have won all three editions of the annual competition since its inception in 2011.

In the 2013 edition, the high-flying Nigeria squad dismantled African champions Senegal 4-2 in the final match played at the Eko Atlantic City on Sunday, to win the trophy for keeps. And NFF president Aminu Maigari has poured encomiums on the boys while receiving the trophy in his office on Tuesday.

“I truly and sincerely commend the Supersand Eagles for their consistency in doing Nigeria proud. This is the third time they are winning the trophy and this makes it the 10th trophy that the present NFF administration has won for Nigeria.

“I congratulate the players and their officials and pledge that the NFF will continue to support all our National Teams, including the Supersand Eagles, to do Nigeria proud in international championships.”

Sunday’s triumph followed similar spectacular results in previous years, which saw the Supersand Eagles decimate world power Brazil 9-4 to clinch the inaugural edition in December 2011 and edge strong-as-bull Portugal 8-7 after a fascinating final on December 16, 2012.

In 2011, the Nigerian boys, quarter-finalists at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Ravenna, Italy prevailed over South Africa and England before overwhelming Brazil, and last year, were too strong for Lebanon and Argentina before Portugal also chewed sand at the same venue.

This year, Coach Adamu Audu Ejo and his boys blew Germany off the sands 7-1 before edging out Lebanon and prevailing over African champions Senegal.

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