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Beach Eagles confident of winning COPA Lagos again

17 December 2015, 18:35Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigeria Supersand Eagles midfielder Abu Azeez has said that the team have the biggest chance of bouncing back to win the 5th Edition of the Copa Lagos 2015.

Nigeria won the first three editions, but lost the 2014 competition to Ivory Coast.

Abu Azeez, a Warri Wolves midfielder said "we have a good chance of winning with the calibre of players in the team’s camp. We know the Lebanese team well because we've played them before at this same tournament on two different occasions. And for Cote d'Ivoire although they are the defending champions we beat them twice this year in Seychelles.”

Also read: Beach Eagles to resume camp on Wednesday

Azeez said he is confident of the team. "I think we are fully prepared because we have been in camp for about two weeks in Badagry.”

He added that the absence of fore team captain Isiaka Olawale and Bartholomew Igbenebu will be putting much pressure on the team and on him personally but said notwithstanding the team will still fly in this year's event.

In a related development, Ivory Coast national beach soccer coach, Soro John as said his team is back and will try to defend the trophy they won last year, and will take their chances.

With the fusion of new crop of players, he summed up his speech as regards the opposition from three times participant Lebanon and England who are making a return to the event having been there since inception in 2011, that his team will put them under close watch.

As build up to the beach soccer event hits the zenith, the Lebanon national Beach soccer team coach Khalid Beljabi is hopeful that his team will do better in their third appearance at the annual Copa Lagos "we hope we have a good result, we have come here before twice but we hope that this time we have a good result.”

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