Lagos - Isiaka Olawale, the Beach Eagles captain, says the
team’s next match against Ghana is “a must win”.
Olawale told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after
the team lost to Cote d’ Ivoire in a penalty shootout that having an outright
win would secure his team’s chances at the semi-final stage of the ongoing CAF
Beach Soccer Tournament.
The Sand Eagles lost 1-3 in the shoot out after the match
ended 4-4 in regulation time, in a very tough Group A match of the ongoing 2016
CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations at the Eko Atlantic Beach Lagos on
“Cote d’ Ivoire have always been a tough side.
“They have deprived us of winning COPA Lagos twice.
“Our group is a tough one honestly.
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”As it is now, we must beat Ghana, if we must qualify for
the World Cup.
“It is very important that we win and we are ready; we are
going to give it our all.
”Everyone in the team is trying to do their part to ensure
that we don’t disappoint our fans,” Olawale said.
The winner and the first runners up will qualify for the
FIFA beach soccer World Cup in Bahamas, Nassau from April 27 to May 7, 2017.
The Sand Eagles have won the CAF beach soccer tournament
twice – 2007 and 2009, while Madagascar won the 2015 edition.
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