Supersand Eagles Set For FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

 

Players and officials of Nigeria’s Beach Soccer Team, the Supersand Eagles, will leave the country on Friday to Paraguay for this year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals.

The two-time African champions picked a ticket for the 10th edition of the global event after finishing second behind Senegal at the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Egypt in December last year.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for 21st November – 1st December in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay. Match venue is the ‘Los Pynandi’ World Cup Stadium, named after the Paraguayan national beach soccer team and located at the headquarters of the Paraguayan Olympic Committee in Greater Asuncion.

“We are traveling early to Asuncion in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that will take place in Asuncion, 12th – 16th November. After the tournament, the team will continue intensive training ahead of our first match against Portugal on 22nd November,” Team Administrator, Sunday Okayi disclosed.

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The pre-competition tournament will involve Oman, Tahiti, Paraguay, Nigeria, Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, and one other team to be confirmed.

Nigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarter-finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011 have a mountain to surmount in Group B against Brazil (ranked world number one), Portugal (ranked world number two) and Oman (ranked number 14 in the world). Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.

Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament-opening game on 21st November. After their first game against Portugal on 22nd November, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on 24th November and then against Brazil two days later.

Head Coach Audu Adamu ‘Ejo’ has listed veterans Abu Azeez and Victor Tale in his final squad of 12, with Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Emeka Ogbonna, Godspower Igudia, Dami Paul and Taiwo Adams also in.

Godwin Tale (Victor’s younger brother), Egan-Osi Ekujimi, Babatunde Badmus, Godwin Iorbee, and Hameed Kareem are the other names on the list.

 2019 FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP GROUPS

Group A: Paraguay, Japan, Switzerland, USA

 Group B: Uruguay, Mexico, Italy, Tahiti

 Group C: Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Russia

 Group D: Brazil, Oman, Portugal, Nigeria

Supersand Eagles Coach, Ejor Impressed With Players Fitness

Head coach of the Beach Supersand Eagles, Audu Ejor, is impressed with the level of fitness of all his invited players to the team’s training camp ahead of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup set to hold in the Bahamas.

The team would play in group B, alongside Mexico, Italy and Iran.

The former African Champions, would kick start their campaign against the Italians on April 27, and would face the Mexicans on April 29, while their last group game is against Iran in May.

The team’s best outing at the competition, is a quarter-final finish at the 2011 edition in Italy.

Nigeria Beat Morocco 6-1 To Reach AFCON Beach Soccer Final

Nigeria Beat Morocco 6-1 To Reach AFCON Beach Soccer FinalNigeria’s Super Sand Eagles have qualified for the World Beach Soccer Championship to be held in Bahamas in 2017 after beating Morocco 6-1 in the semifinal of the African Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Lagos

Goals from Abu Azeez, Suleiman Ogodo, Emeka Ogbona, Emmanuel Owhoferia gave Nigeria victory in what was seen by many as a one-sided game.

Coach Adamu Ejo’s boys will now face Senegal in the final of the tournament later today.

Senegal defeated Egypt 5-2 in the first semifinal and have also qualified for the World Beach Soccer Championship.

AFCON Beach Soccer: CAF Officials, Teams Arrive Nigeria

AFCON Beach Soccer: CAF Officials, Teams Arrive NigeriaThe stage is set for the second edition of the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations to be hosted by Nigeria as officials of the Confederation of African Football arrived in Lagos on Thursday.

CAF Secretariat staff will set up a desk inside the Eko Hotel and Suites on Friday, just as thenff.com learnt on Thursday that all participating teams are to take up their accommodation on Saturday.

The delegations of Ghana, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Libya, Senegal and Morocco will fly into Lagos on Saturday, as host team, the 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.

Cote d’Ivoire will face hosts Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt in Group A of the 6–day championship scheduled for the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, from December 13 to 18, 2016.

Morocco will confront Cup holders Madagascar, Libya and Senegal in Group B.

The Moroccans have been in camp since September, and arrived in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan on Monday.

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: Goalkeepers 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) and; 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)

Amodu’s Name Synonymous With Super Eagles – Pinnick

amaju pinnickThe President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick has described late Amodu Shaibu as “the man whose name is synonymous with the Super Eagles,” in acknowledgement of the tactician’s four –time stint with the Nigeria senior team.

The former BCC Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, Shooting Stars and Orlando Pirates technician died in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pains on Friday night. He was known to be hypertensive, and had rejected taking over the Super Eagles’ coaching job in February on this ground.

Amodu took charge of the Super Eagles for the first time in 1994, at the age of 36, and later in 1999, 2001-2002 and 2008-2010.

He qualified the Super Eagles for the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2010, but did not lead the team to the finals. He also qualified the Beach Soccer National Team, Supersand Eagles, for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but did not lead the team at the finals as he refused to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He was also the first Nigerian to qualify the Super Eagles for the FIFA World Cup, when alongside Stephen Keshi (who died on June 8) and Joe Erico, he rescued the Eagles’ flagging ship to win the last three matches of the campaign and reach the finals in Korea/Japan 2002, following the departure of Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere.

When he led BCC Lions of Gboko to win the Nigeria FA Cup in 1989, it was the first time a team from northern Nigeria would triumph in the competition in 36 years. The following year, he led BCC Lions to win the now –defunct Africa Cup Winners Cup. The team reached the final of the same competition in 1991.

When he left BCC Lions, Amodu steered El-Kanemi Warriors to win the FA Cup. He is the most decorated coach in Nigeria FA Cup history, having won it in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994. He won the Nigeria League and Cup double in 1994, and won the Super Cup in 1989, 1993 and 1994.

In his four stints with the Super Eagles, the Okpella –born tactician won 26 of a total of 53 matches, drawing 15 and losing 12.

Copa Lagos: Supersand Eagles On A Jolly Ride

Nigeria’s representative in the Copa Lagos presently going on; the Supersand Eagles are sure on a jolly ride towards the lifting of the Copa title as pounced on Argentina slashing the South America country on sand 5-0 at the Copa Beach Soccer Worldwide at the Eko Atlantic Beach Soccer Stadium today.

Four seconds into the game, Victor Tale opened scoring for the Eagles thanks to a deflection and Nigeria was 1 ahead and it should not come as a surprise that Tale’s goal so far has been recorded as the fastest goal of the four-team tournament  and he will be hoping no goal comes faster than his.

On the whole, the game between the Supersand eagles and Argentina was a one-way game Tale became a thorn in the flesh of Hector Petrasso’s team as they couldn’t keep the striker at bay.

Tale continued his damaging moves including an overhead kick from close range as he was just too much for the South American to hold down with several scoring occasions.

Kwara United new boy Abu Azeez braced to second tale’s effort to put Nigeria 2-0 with an astonishing side-foot past Argentina goalkeeper, Cesar Mendoza, thanks to a solo effort of space creation.

Nigeria proved stronger of the two teams in the second period in spite of Christian Cuevas’ spirited attempts to help the South Americans back in the game.

Supersand Eagles’ captain, Isiaka Olawale made it 3-0 for the Supersand Eagles after the combination of the Hilaire brothers, Santiago and Ezequiel failed to produce a goal at the other end seconds earlier.

To make 4-0 for the Supersand Eagles, a thumping free kick from Emmanuel Ewhoferia’s shot caught goalkeeper Mendoza napping.

And towards the end of the second half of the game, the combination of In the Mendoza and Ezequiel couldn’t stop the fifth goal as they attempted to stop Ikechukwu Ibenegbu’s effort, though Ogbonnaya Okemmiri’s screamer carried the day for the Supersand Eagles as the shot hugged the top corner of goalkeeper Mendoza’s goalpost as he watched the ball go in helplessly.

With this result, the Supersand Eagles are sure ahead of Lebanon and Portugal with three points, as they are on top of the Copa Lagos with six points.