Lagos - Isiaka Olawale, the Captain of Beach Eagles on
Monday said that his side lost to Switzerland at the COPA Lagos Beach Soccer
Tournament due to fatigue.
The Sand Eagles lost 3-8 to Switzerland at the Eko Atlantic,
Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday in their opening game of the tournament.
“We left our Badagry camp hotel for Eko Hotel about four
hours to the match after our training.
“We were tired, we ought to have left the Badagry camp on
Friday but we were unable to leave until Sunday, the day of the match.
“’This is not a confirmation that we are not ready for the
CAF Beach Soccer tournament.
“For us, that is the main competition, we will focus on that
now,’’ the captain said.
Olawale also said his teammates were in top form.
“For any team to judge us based on our defeat on Sunday, it
will be a shock to whoever underrates us,’’ Olawale said.
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Also, the team’s goalkeeper, Golden Tase, said the entire
squad was psychologically ready.
“Sunday’s match was just a temporary setback; we will come
back better and stronger.
“Our match against Egypt will be worth the time of our fans,
our focus is to qualify for World Cup,’’ he said.
The CAF Beach Soccer tournament is scheduled to kick off on
Dec. 13 and end on Dec. 18 at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 9th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer tournament will
hold in Bahamas from April 27 to May 7, 2017.
The Sand Eagles have won CAF beach soccer tournament twice
in 2003 and 2007.
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