Johanesburg - The Sand Eagles, as Nigeria beach football team is known, is determined to make the most of the upcoming Power Horse Beach Soccer African Trophy to reclaim their status as the best team in that version of the sport in the continent as well as enhance chances of booking a berth in the World Cup.
The event is scheduled for Durban, South Africa this coming weekend.
Africa’s finest beach football teams, including hosts South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Morocco, Mozambique, Seychelles, and current African champions, Senegal will participate.
Nigeria will be playing in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 – CAF Qualifier Seychelles with the qualifier granting the top-two teams a ticket to the World Cup in July of this year.
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“We have qualified for four World Cups and our goals now are not only to qualify but to advance and specifically go to the finals,” said Nigeria coach, Audu Adamu.
The Nigerians have previously won the continental event for three straight years, before falling in a winner-take-all final against the Ivory Coast at the 2014 edition in December.
Durban 2015 will be their next chance to avenge that loss and begin their fight for the continental crown, the coach said.
“We will have a very different side than the one in Lagos. We have dipped into our National League a little more and brought 4-5 new players to help blend with the established vets. This strategy will also prove helpful in the upcoming qualifier and World Cup as every coach knows that fresh players can move a team from good to great,” Adamu said.
- CAJ News