The stage is set for the second edition of the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations to be hosted by Nigeria between December 13 and 18, 2016.
Officials of the Confederation of African Football flew into Lagos on Thursday, December 8 to finalize preparations for the tournament.
Cote d’Ivoire will face hosts Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt in Group A of the six-day championship scheduled for the Eko Atlantic City. Morocco will confront cup holders Madagascar, Libya and Senegal in Group B
The delegations of Ghana, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Libya, Senegal and Morocco will fly into Lagos on December 10, as host team, Supersand Eagles, also make the short trip from their Aivoji Beach camp in Badagry to Victoria Island the same day.
Meanwhile, the Ivorian beach soccer national team on Thursday traded tackles with their Moroccan counterparts in an international friendly by both countries ahead of the second edition of Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations starting in Lagos next week.
Egypt, who have been in camp since August, participated in the Samsung Invitational Tournament in Dubai before flying to Lebanon, and will play the Lebanese team in a three –match series.
Ghana’s beach soccer team, which sent packing Kenya in the qualifying series, has also been in camp since August.
As part of its preparation for the championship, two –time African champions Nigeria will take on Switzerland in the COPA Lagos Invitational at the Eko Atlantic City on Sunday.
Officials of Kinetic Sports, organizers of the COPA Lagos Invitational that is being reduced to a one-day show this year as a result of the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, confirmed to thenff.com that the Swiss contingent is expected in Nigeria on Friday. Enyimba FC of Aba will take on Pepsi Academy in a curtain raiser for the Nigeria/Switzerland match on Sunday, which kicks off at 4pm.
It is an opportunity for Coach Audu Adamu Ejo to see the level of fitness and tactical awareness of his players, who have been perfecting strategies at the Aivoji Beach, Badagry for several weeks.
Players in Supersand Eagles’ camp:
Godwin Anyalogu (Rivers United FC), Godwin Tale (FC Lokoja), Nurudeen Mudashiru (Kada Stars) and Majid Danladi Mohammed (Kwande Academy
Defenders. Lukman Ibrahim (Kada Stars), Ogbonnaya Okemiri (Abia Warriors), Taiwo Adams (Owibeseb FC), Godspower Igudia (Akwa United), Victor Tale (Bassa United) and Emmanuel Owheferia (Owibeseb FC)
Forwards: Bartholomew Ibenegbu (Enyimba FC), Emeka Ogbonna (Leads United), Suleiman Ogodo (FC IfeanyiUbah), Abu Azeez (Enyimba FC), Kunle Olukotun (Shooting Stars), Sunday Alasco (Kada Stars), Abubakar Isah (Anambra BS), Badmus Babatunde (Owibeseb FC) and Clement Fayowole (Leads United).