Nigeria’s beach soccer team have been drawn in group B of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas.
The Beach Eagles will play European representatives Italy, Mexico from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the champions from the Asian Football Confederation.
This year’s event will be Nigeria’s fifth trip to the beach soccer world cup.
They reached the quarter-finals of the competition in 2007 and 2011.
Meanwhile, African champions, Senegal, are up against hosts Bahamas, Ecuador and Switzerland in group A.
The tournament is expected to kick off on April 27.
National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner, Adam Silver, has confirmed that the league would be playing an exhibition game next season in South Africa.
In its ongoing effort to tap new markets and develop more players, the NBA will bring African players; Bismack Biyombo of the Orlando Magic, Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver nuggets and American, C.J. Mccollum of the Portland Trail Blazers to South Africa for the August 5 showcase in which team Africa will compete against team world.
DR Congo natives, Biyombo and Mudiay, would be playing for team Africa while McCollum will compete for team world.
Full rosters of players and coaches would be announced later.
China is the NBA’s second biggest market after the United States and the league is looking for new countries to plant its flag, including non-traditional basketball markets like India and Africa.
Hundreds of Cameroonians are still celebrating the team’s fifth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) triumph in the commercial capital of Douala, Cameroon.
Supporters in Cameroon were thrilled, saying that they had broken the favourites to win Egypt, while they also praised the team, and paid tribute to the women’s team who were beaten by Nigeria in the Women’s Cup of African Nations in 2016.
Meanwhile, it was Cameroon’s first title since 2002 as they denied Egypt a triumphant return to the tournament they last won in 2010.
By this win, they inflicted a first loss on the north African side in 25 Nations Cup matches dating back to 2004.