Lagos - Audu Adamu, the Coach of Sand Eagles, said on Wednesday that 18 players had been invited to camp for the Africa regional qualifiers for the 2013 FIFA World Cup.
Adamu, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that they would be camped from April 26 to April 28 in Badagry.
The camping was earlier scheduled to begin on March 10, but was postponed due to the change in the date for the qualifiers from April 10 to April 14, because of logistics reasons.
According to him, the Africa regional qualifiers for the Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti will now hold from May 29 to June 2 in Casablanca, Morocco.
``We decided to change the date for the camping in preparation for the qualifiers of the Beach Soccer World Cup to April because of the competition’s new date,’’ he said.
Adamu said that 12 of the 18 players invited to camp would be selected to help the country to qualify for the World Cup holding from Sept. 18 to Sept. 28.
``I believe that we will be in Papeete, Tahiti, for the World Cup. I know that with hard work and dedication, we will qualify.
``Already, the expectation is there, and winning Copa Lagos last year has thrown us to the limelight. In Africa, we are there, so we can’t let our teeming fans down,’’ Adamu added.
The team reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 edition of the competition.