By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the date for the 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) draw.
Maputo will host the official draw of the competition on Friday, 16 September 2022.
Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles will thus know their opponents on Friday when the draw takes place.
The final tournament will be held in Mozambique in the beautiful town of Vilankulo between 21 and 28 October 2022.
The competition will feature eight teams divided into two groups of four teams which will be revealed after Friday’s draw.
Mozambique 2022 will be the fifth edition of the tournament after Seychelles 2015, Nigeria 2016, Egypt 2018, and Senegal 2021.
Senegal are the holders of the Beach Soccer AFCON title after winning the last edition (2021) at home in Saly.
The team has won successive titles in 2016, 2018, and 2021.
The tournament will serve as Africa Qualifier for the next FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
The 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be the 12th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Below are the qualified teams for the 2022 Beach Soccer AFCON:
Mozambique: qualified as hosts and finalists of the 2021 edition.
Senegal: Winners of three successive Beach Soccer AFCONs (2016, 2018 and 2021.
Nigeria: Bronze medalists in 2015, finalists in 2016 and 2018. Missed the 2021 edition.
Uganda: Semi-finalists in 2021.
Madagascar: Winners of the Beach Soccer AFCON in 2015.
Malawi: First appearance in Beach Soccer AFCON.
Egypt: Bronze medalists in 2016 and 2018.
Morocco: Qualified for their 5th successive Beach Soccer AFCON, bronze medalists in 2021.
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