Nigeria’s beach soccer national team, Super Sand Eagles coach, Audu Adamu (aka Ejo) has admitted that his players have extra work to do in order to blend back into international reckoning, as they only resumed camp this past Sunday.
Although the team played build-up matches on Monday and Wednesday against some local sides in Lagos, footballlive.ng gathered that Adamu is banking more on determination than tactics at the 2018 African Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, which start this weekend in Cairo, Egypt.
It is sure to be a baptism of fire for the Sand Eagles, as the Nigerian team will battle defending champions, Senegal in their first match on Saturday.
Since Adamu’s side resumed camping last Sunday and got a schedule to fly out to Egypt on Wednesday, they will hardly have enough time to settle down before playing Senegal in their opening game – then quickly prepare for Libya on Sunday and Tanzania on Monday.
However, Adamu said he is confident that his boys will not disappoint Nigerians in Egypt despite their inadequate preparations.
He enthused that his players will not find it difficult to adjust to his plans, since they have been part of his programme before and they are always been training on their own.
‘Ejo’ said he has no doubt that they will excel in Egypt or at least secure the ticket to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
The Sand Eagles coach added: “I agree that we could have done better with our preparations but it won’t be an excuse because the players have always been preparing on their own.