Lagos - The stage is set for the second edition of the
Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations to be hosted by Nigeria next week, after
officials of the Confederation of African Football flew into Lagos on Thursday.
CAF Secretariat staff will set up a desk inside the Eko
Hotel and Suites on Friday, just as thenff.com learnt on Thursday that all
participating teams are to take up their accommodation on Saturday.
The delegations of Ghana, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar,
Libya, Senegal and Morocco will fly into Lagos on Saturday, as host team,
Supersand Eagles, also make the short trip from their Aivoji Beach camp in
Badagry to Victoria Island the same day.
Meanwhile, the Ivorian beach soccer national team on
Thursday traded tackles with their Moroccan counterparts in an international
friendly by both countries ahead of the second edition of Africa Beach Soccer
Cup of Nations starting in Lagos next week.
Cote d’Ivoire will face hosts Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt in
Group A of the six –day championship scheduled for the Eko Atlantic City,
Victoria Island, 13th – 18th December 2016. Morocco will confront Cup holders
Madagascar, Libya and Senegal in Group B.
Thenff.com learnt on Thursday that Moroccans have been in
camp since September, and arrived in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan on Monday.
Egypt, who have been in camp since August, participated in
the Samsung Invitational Tournament in Dubai before flying to Lebanon, and will
play the Lebanese team in a three –match series.
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Ghana’s beach soccer team, which sent packing Kenya in the
qualifying series, has also been in camp since August.
As part of its preparation for the championship, two –time
African champions Nigeria will take on Switzerland in the COPA Lagos
Invitational at the Eko Atlantic City on Sunday.
Officials of Kinetic Sports, organizers of the COPA Lagos
Invitational that is being reduced to a one-day show this year as a result of
the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, confirmed to thenff.com that the Swiss
contingent is expected in Nigeria on Friday. Enyimba FC of Aba will take on
Pepsi Academy in a curtain raiser for the Nigeria/Switzerland match on Sunday,
which kicks off at 4pm.
It is an opportunity for Coach Audu Adamu Ejo to see the
level of fitness and tactical awareness of his players, who have been
perfecting strategies at the Aivoji Beach, Badagry for several weeks.
Players in Supersand Eagles’ camp: Goalkeepers Godwin
Anyalogu (Rivers United FC), Godwin Tale (FC Lokoja), Nurudeen Mudashiru (Kada
Stars) and Majid Danladi Mohammed (Kwande Academy; defenders Lukman Ibrahim
(Kada Stars), Ogbonnaya Okemiri (Abia Warriors), Taiwo Adams (Owibeseb FC),
Godspower Igudia (Akwa United), Victor Tale (Bassa United) and Emmanuel
Owheferia (Owibeseb FC) and; forwards Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Enyimba FC), Emeka
Ogbonna (Leads United), Suleiman Ogodo (FC IfeanyiUbah), Abu Azeez (Enyimba
FC), Kunle Olukotun (Shooting Stars), Sunday Alasco (Kada Stars), Abubakar Isah
(Anambra BS), Badmus Babatunde (Owibeseb FC) and Clement Fayowole (Leads
that Nigeria's Beach Eagles coach Audu Adamu Ejo has picked eight players from
the Kada Beach Soccer Cup 2016 in Kaduna for camp ahead of this year's Caf
Beach Soccer Nation's Cup in Lagos.
The eight players are Sunday Alasco, Lukman Ibrahim,
Nurudeen Mudashiru and Abduljalal Almustpha all from Kada Stars.
Others are Anambra United duo of Abubakar Isa and Abdulraham
Yunusa as well as Highlanders' Royalson Olasini and Badagry United's
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