The CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations has been fantastic and in its beauty it has entered the semis. Fans in Lagos and across the world have been thrilled by the 8 teams which have battled for the coveted prize which includes a place at the beach soccer world cup in Bahamas.
Four teams have progressed from the group stages to the semi- finals and they include Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and the host nation Nigeria, which have displayed great resilience and determination not to let down the Nigerian people.
The battle to the semis has been a tough one, with many goals scored in nerve wrecking moments that have seen the crowd scream, shout and jump out of their seats.
There have been many great players in this second edition of the AFCON beach tournament, however, below are 4 of the most outstanding, those who should be watched out for as the games resume today at the Eko Atlantic.
1. Babacar Fall (Senegal)
This Senegalese forward is a true testimony of the fact that youths have so much to offer and that talents must be spotted and tended to at the very early age where they can bloom to fullness.
Fall’s skills and his accuracy at goal, are things that distinguishes him from other players. Egypt will want to be careful, for this younger Senegalese could be their down Fall.
2. Abdelsameaa Abdelhalim (Mizo)
The Egyptian no 10 is one man who has shown that sometimes you do not need all the power, but what you need is experience.
He is very craft and skillful on the sands, every touch of his is well articulated and calculated, most of which have led to the goals scored by Egypt. If Senegal must scale through to the next round, then they must find a way to tie him down.
3. Nassim El Hadoui (Morocco)
He happens to be the captain of the side, and the qualities that qualify him for that position are very evident when he plays. Nassim holds the keys to the success of the Moroccans.
There is so much more to him than height and a well-structured body.
He is every putting pressure on the defenders and has a way with scissors and bicycle kicks, the Nigerians must beware of him.
4. Emeka Ogbonna
He is to the sands, what Kanu Nwankwo is on the grass. Emeka Ogbonna is no fast pace player but you must becareful, for this Nigerian knows what to do in split seconds.
He has a keen eye for goals and have scored a couple in this tournament. Whoever is facing Emeka must ensure that he is not allowed to face the goal post, for there is a rare chance that he will miss his target.
And like papilo, Emeka has a way of bringing Nigeria back into the game when they are trailing behind, and then he finishes the opponent off and wins the day.
The Beach soccer nations cup continues today, December 17, with the semis and playoffs for 5th place.