The Local Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman for the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations Cup, Lagos 2016, Seyi Akinwunmi, has assured Nigerians that the Supersand Eagles would at the end of the competition put smiles on their faces by winning the tournament and also picking the ticket to the 2017 World Cup.
The final of the tournament has been scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the Eko Atlantic City.
Akinwunmi, who is also the 1st vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation, stated that, the Sand Eagles team is fully prepared to face the stiff challenges from the top contenders battling for the FIFA World Cup at the Lagos 2016 Beach Nations Cup. He urged Nigerians to come out in full to support the Supersand Eagles to victory.
“The friendly match the Sand Eagles played against Switzerland at the Copa Lagos, has helped tuned up the character of the team and had improved them technical, these were very obvious in the team’s matches played so far in the competition. Despite losing 3-1 on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire, after playing a 4-4 draw at the end of regulation, the Supersand Eagles are still favourites to win the title and grab the slot to play at the Bahamas 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.”
The LOC boss expressed delight, on the commendation of CAF officials on the excellent facilities provided for the competition by the Lagos State government. “It feels good to hear CAF thumbs-up the facilities at the Eko Atlantic City.
The excellent organisation of the tournament has been possible by the smooth synergy between the NFF and the Lagos State government. This is the fruit of the partnership between the NFF and Lagos over the years. Before now, the leadership of the NFF and the Lagos State team had a teething problem, but we have been able to resolve that. We are very proud of what we have done so far, we shall continue to improve until after the final match on Sunday.”
Today is a match free day at the CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations. The LOC has concluded plans to take the players and officials on a bus tour and boat cruise across Lagos. Matches will resume tomorrow with semi-final matches and other classification games.