Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles will be ready to challenge strongly for the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations trophy when the tournament begins in Lagos on Tuesday, 13th December, according to Head Coach, Audu Adamu Ejo.
Ejo, who has steered the Supersand Eagles to some credible outings in the past few years, told thenff.com on Friday that he has a team good enough to emerge the champions of Africa on 18th December.
“We have been in camp and working hard as we prepare for this competition. For the past three weeks, we have been at it getting ready for the championship.
“The players, other members of the technical crew and myself are confident we are going to challenge for the trophy, nothing less. Nigeria is one of the strongest teams in beach soccer in Africa and playing at home, we believe the added advantage of crowd support will push us all the way.”
The Supersand Eagles have been at the Aivoji Beach for the past three weeks putting finishing touches to technical and tactical preparations, as they countenance Egypt, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A.
Nigeria finished in third place at the last edition of the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in Seychelles in April 2015, and won the African title in 2007 and 2009. The team also reached the quarter –finals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Ravenna, Italy in 2011.
Players in camp are: 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).