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‘Nigeria will host hitch –free Beach Soccer AFCON’

02 December 2016, 13:42

Lagos – LOC chairman of the Lagos 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, Seyi Akinwunmi has said the Committee is all set to host a tournament that the whole of Africa will be proud of.

Akinwunmi, who is also 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, assured that a lot of work has been done by the Committee to guarantee that Nigeria will set a marker for future hosts of the continental beach soccer showpiece.

“The LOC started real work right from that day in Kaduna (24th March 2016) that we were inaugurated. Hosting a continental competition is no picnic and we knew right from the beginning.

“We have tidied up the critical areas and we are currently working on logistics towards the opening ceremony and the tournament itself. We are committed to organizing a world class event.”

The tournament, scheduled for the Eko Atlantic Beach 13th – 18th December, will see Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire playing in Group A, while defending champions Madagascar tackle Libya, Morocco and Senegal in Group B.

A 3,000 – seater arena (an upgrade of the venue that has annually hosted the COPA Lagos Invitational Tournament) will host the finals, which the LOC has promised will include the biggest food festival in Africa, a Fan Zone to engage spectators in a relaxed atmosphere, Beach Soccer Clinic for kids, concerts and live music.

Also read: Facts to know about Nigeria 2016 Beach Soccer Afcon

Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu says the body will work closely with the NFF and the LOC to ensure that the purpose of hosting a tournament that will do Lagos State and Nigeria proud is served.

This is the second time that CAF is taking charge of the tournament, which has previously been organized by Beach Soccer Worldwide. Nigeria finished third at the last edition in Seychelles in April 2015.

The two finalists at the six –day championship will fly Africa’s flag at next year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in The Bahamas.

News24 reported that Former Warri Wolves attacking midfielder Abu Azeez will team up with the Beach Soccer side, the Super Sand Eagles as they prepare for the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations.

The player, who retired from beach soccer earlier this year, had a change of heart after discussions with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the coaches of the national beach soccer team and will now team up with the squad.

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