The 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations kicked off on Tuesday at the Eko Atlantic City of Lagos.
The Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria started off with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Egypt. Scores were even at 2-2 going into the third and final period before Emeka Ogbonna scored a winner to complete his brace. Veteran Isiaka Olawale had put the Eagles ahead in the first period before Emeka doubled in the second period. Egypt leveled back in the second period but Emeka’s curling shot gave Nigeria all three points.
Last night, Nigeria lost via penalties to Cote d’Ivoire. The Sand Eagles took the lead a minute to the end of regulation time but the resulting kick off by the Ivorians found the net to end 4-4.It was a game of comebacks and equalizers. Azeez Abu and Victor Tale were on the score-sheet for Nigeria.
The extra time produced no goals and thus the need for penalty kicks to decided who bags an extra point in Group A. Victor Tale who looked to have scored the winner with Nigeria’s 4th goal missed the first kick of the shoot-out. Cote D’Ivoire converted all three of their penalties.
Nigeria will need to play better in their final group game against Ghana to qualify to the semifinals.
Day 1 Results
- Madagascar 9-5 Libya (MVP: Regis Enidel)
- Senegal 2-1 Morocco (MVP: Babacar Fall)
- Cote d’Ivoire 5-0 Ghana (MVP: Fabrice Gbagra)
- Nigeria 3-2 Egypt (MVP: Emeka Ogbonna)
Day 2 Results
- Morocco 9-3 Libya (MVP: El Hadaoui Nasim)
- Ghana 4-5 Egypt (MVP: oustafa Ahmed)
- Senegal 3-1 Madagascar (MVP: Babacar Fall)
- Nigeria 4-4 (1-3pk) Cote d’Ivoire (MVP: N’Guessan)
Day 3 Fixtures
- Libya vs Senegal
- Egypt vs Cote d’Ivoire
- Madagascar vs Morocco
- Nigeria vs Ghana
Current Table (Group A)
- Cote d’Ivoire 4pts
- Nigeria 3pts
- Egypt 3pts
- Ghana 0pt
Current Table (Group B)
- Senegal 6pts
- Morocco 3pts
- Madagascar 3pts
- Libya 0pt
Senegal is the first team to qualify to the semifinal of the Beach Soccer AFCON.
If you are in Lagos, don’t miss the games today.