Nigeria’s Beach Soccer squad has arrived in Victoria, Seychelles and already preparing for Tuesday’s African Beach Soccer Championship opener against host nation Seychelles.
Team Administrator, Sunday Okayi told thenff.com that the team landed in the Indian Ocean island on Saturday and Coach Audu Adamu Ejo and his boys are getting set to take on the host nation on Tuesday.
There will be four matches on Tuesday, with the Supersand Eagles up against Seychelles and Egypt tackling Cote d’Ivoire in Group A. In Group B, Senegal will take on Morocco and Ghana will be up against Madagascar.
Champions in 2007 and 2009, and quarter-finalists at the World Cup four years ago, the Supersand Eagles will play Egypt on Wednesdayand then round off their group phase campaign against Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday.
The top two teams in each of the two groups qualify for the semi finals, coming up on Saturday, with the finalists (who battle for the trophy on Sunday) qualifying to represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal in July.
Captain Isiaka Olawale, a veteran of several continental and global tournaments, will lead a squad that also includes fellow veterans Abu Azeez, Oladipo Olalekan, Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Victor Tale, as well as Festus Ehibhi, Emeka Ogbonna, Jamal Akewusola, Adams Taiwo, Lokosa Junior, Emmanuel Ohweferi and Igudia Godspower.