The 2015 African Beach Soccer Championship kicks off on Tuesday with Nigeria taking on hosts Seychelles at the Roche Caiman Sports Complex, Roche Caima in a Group A fixture.
In another Group A fixture at the stadium, Egypt will clash against Ivory Coast
Nigeria coach Audu Ejo says the Supersand Eagles will be out to win their first game.
The Super Sand Eagles will also play Egypt and Ivory Coast in Group A. Ghana, Madagascar, Senegal and Morocco make up Group B.
Ejo told thenff.com that playing the hosts in their opening game won’t pose any problem for his team.
He said, “We have prepared very well for this championship, with the support of the Nigeria Football Federation. The Power Horse Invitational Tournament in Durban early March was a good competition for us. It helped us to identify weak points and our areas of strength.
“We have played all the teams that are here at one time or the other, so none is strange to us. We are fit and confident, and we believe we can go all the way.”
Team captain Isiaka Olawale and Ikechukwu Ibenegbu also expressed confidence that the Eagles would be victorious in the competition.
The eight -team tournament also serves as the African qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal.
The two finalists will represent the continent at the world finals in July.
The Nigerian boys defeated Egypt 9-7 at the 2007 African Beach Soccer Championship in Durban and beat them 6-5 at the same competition and venue in 2009. In 2013, the Eagles spanked the Egyptians 8-4 in Casablanca.
Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 5-4 at the African finals in Durban in 2008, but the Nigerians beat their West African rivals 7-4 to lift the African trophy also in Durban in 2009. In 2013, Ivory Coast edged Nigeria 5-4 in the group phase in Casablanca, Morocco.
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(via The Punch)