The male Nigerian beach football team failed to qualify for the world beach games as they lost to Morocco in the semifinals of the Sal 2019 African Beach Games.

The Nigerian team which was ranked among top favourites to secure the ticket, needed to beat Morocco in the semi finals of the first African Beach Games to become one of the two African representatives for the world beach games but fail to win.

The Super sand Eagles couldn’t contain a Moroccan side that was hungry to make history. The Moroccan beach team gave a solid performance to win over Nigeria, something they have been longing for over the last years. Hence, they wrote their names in the history of Moroccan Beach Soccer.

Two goals in the first period gave Morocco the lead. Nigeria came back at the start of the second period, but two more goals by the Maghrebi made it difficult for the sand Eagles to come back. The third period didn’t make much difference even though the Super Sand Eagles tried a come back but the North African side held on.

Meanwhile, the second semifinal of the day saw the defending African kings traunce hosts Cape Verde to seal their ticket to the World Beach Games Qatar 2019 and their place in the final. The 3-0 run in the first period had the Senegalese cruise past the Cape Verdian side, who, despite the defeat, have been one of the biggest sensations in the competition.

Consequently, the king of African Beach Soccer, Senegal will square up against Morocco for the gold medal and silver medal in tomorrow’s final of the Sal 2019 African Beach Games while Nigeria and host nation, Cape Verde slug out for the bronze medal match.

The team had beating Kenya 12-4 and Djibouti 29-2 to make it to the quarter finals and played Senegal
The competition, organised by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)where various beach soccer teams from across Africa battle to qualify to the ANOC World Beach Games 2019, to be held in San Diego, California, as well as one group of four women’s teams.

Cape Verde, Morocco, Cote d´Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Libya Djibouti Nigeria Senegal and Uganda were all the countries that participated in the tournament.

Nigeria female beach football team too did not qualify as the Cape Verde team who won the finals became the sole representative for Africa to the world beach games in the women category.

By Uche Dozie
Twitter: uchedozie3