Nigeria’s beach soccer national team, Super Sand Eagles’ coach, Audu Adamu ‘Ejo’ has parried any fear of fatigue hitting his players, as they go for three matches in same number of days a the continental championship in Egypt, footballive.ng reports.
After opening their campaign in search of honours at the 2018 African Beach Soccer Cup of Nations against holders, Senegal in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on Saturday, the two time African champions will play Libya on Sunday and Tanzania on Monday.
The championship, which ends on Friday, 14th December, is Africa’s qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay, and Audu believes his side will pick one of the continent’s two slots.
For the mission, he has picked Dami Danjuma Paul, Isah Arome, Joshua Enaholo, Abu Azeez, Emeka Ogbonna, Suleiman Ogodo, Tyson Ojukwu, Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Fayowole Egan-Osi, Victor Tale, Taiwo Adams and Oladele Kareem to fly Nigeria’s flag.
Hosts Egypt head Group A that also has Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar and Morocco, one of which will be Nigeria’s opponents should they reach the semi-finals, after lining out against Senegal at 11.30am on Saturday, then clash with Libya on Sunday and Tanzania on Monday.
Audu said: “We are ready for the task ahead of us. Once we pass the test by Senegal, I am sure we will be able to handle Libya and Tanzania better.
“All the players know what is at stake. Beach football is not the same with regular soccer, so we should not be talking about getting tired from three matches in three days.”