Beach soccer national team, Super Sand Eagles veteran, Abu Aziz will be joined by Nigerian league star, Nwagua Nyimi and 18 other players at the national team’s camp in Badagry, Lagos.
Footballlive.ng can report that this is sequel to a statement by the media committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday, which put their names in the roster of 20 players in Coach Audu Adamu Ejo’s latest list of invitees.
‘Ejo’ disclosed that the team will camp at Aivoji Beach, Badagry, ahead of next month’s Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt.
The two time African champions will tango Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Libya, Tanzania and hosts Egypt at the continental spree from December 8th – 14th in Giza, Cairo.
The competition in Egypt will serve as the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup scheduled for Paraguay.
Nigeria won the 2007 and 2009 African Beach Soccer Championships, and finished as runners –up in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2016.
The Super Sand Eagles were close to the semi-finals of the 2011 Beach Soccer World Cup in Ravenna, Italy before losing in extra time to Brazil.
The last edition of the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations held in Lagos in December 2016 and also served as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in The Bahamas.
However, Ejo’s team could not make the best of home advantage, as Senegal won the tournament, with Nigeria finishing as runners –up.
Nonetheless, both teams represented Africa in The Bahamas, and Ejo says his squad will try to do better this time out in The L;an do The Pharaohs.
His invitees include Paul Dami Danjuma (Katsina United), Emeka Ogbonna (Leeds United, Lagos), Abu Aziz (Rangers International), Suleiman Ogodo (Nasarawa United), and Victor Tale (Kogi United).
Others are Emmanuel Ohweferia (Owibeseb FC, Lagos), Joshua Enaholo (Abia Warriors FC), Arome Isah (Kogi Confluence), Clement Ogosi (Leeds United, Lagos), Michael Tyson (Iganmu FC, Lagos), Kabiru Balogun (Nasarawa United), and Godwin Zaki (Rangers International).
Also listed are Eric Dufegha (Katsian United), Nwagua Nyima (Kano Pillars), Taiwo Adams (Owibeseb FC, Lagos), Hammed Kareem (Owibeseb FC, Lagos), Pascal Eze (Delta Force), Ayomide Iluyomade (Abia Comet), Haruna Sanusi (NYSC FC, Sokoto) and Femi Friday (SEC FC, Abuja).