Lagos - The Local Organizing Committee of the Nigeria 2016
CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations on Saturday gave a progress report on its
preparations to host a tournament that will set a mark for other major beach
soccer competitions globally.
At a press conference in Lagos attended by members of the
LOC, the Nigeria Football Federation and officials of the Lagos State
Government, LOC chairman Seyi Akinwunmi disclosed that the committee has been
working assiduously for the past six months, for the competition holding 13-18
“We are committed to hosting the best –ever CAF Beach Soccer
Championship. Our tenor is on putting up a world –class event, and we believe
that with the support we have received and still receiving from the Federal
Ministry of Youth and Sports, the NFF, the Lagos State Government, we will
“We are very grateful to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his
decision to support the event. Nigeria 2016 will be a show –stopper. The annual
COPA Lagos Invitational Tournament, which has been on for the past five years,
has shown us how interesting and how much fun beach soccer can be.”
Akinwunmi, who is also 1st Vice President of NFF, added that
Nigeria has been challenged to put out all the stops to put up a fabulous
fiesta after Seychelles successfully hosted the 1st CAF Beach Soccer Cup of
Nations in 2015, and with The Bahamas preparing to host the 2017 Beach Soccer
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Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Hon. Deji
Tinubu unveiled the logo of the championship, and assured that the Lagos State
Government will work harmoniously with the NFF and the LOC to achieve the
objective of getting the whole world to say positive things about Nigeria.
“We want people to see, and to say positive things about our
country. We see no reason why Nigeria cannot host the Beach Soccer World Cup.
The capacity of Nigeria is huge, and what Samson Adamu has been doing with the
COPA Lagos is tremendous. There will be something massive in December.”
President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Mr.
Honour Sirawoo, pledged the support of sports journalists to the LOC, saying
the body should see media representatives as partners in the cause of
delivering a successful tournament.
Also at the press parley were Director of Organization, Mr.
Samson Adamu, LOC secretary Bola Oyeyode, LOC members Sunny Moniedafe, Salisu
Nakande, Bolaji Yusuf, Nansel Nimyel and Athanasius Okon, NRA president Tade
Azeez, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Mr. Mojeed Adegbindin and a host of Lagos State
CAF awarded the hosting right to host the 2nd Beach Soccer
Cup of Nations to Nigeria through a letter addressed to NFF President Amaju
Pinnick in February this year. The tournament is also Africa’s qualifying event
for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, taking place in The Bahamas.
Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will lock horns in
Group A, while Cup holders Madagascar play Libya, Morocco and Senegal in Group
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.
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- News24 Nigeria