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Sand Eagles edge closer to Beach Soccer AFCON semifinals with win over Tanzania



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Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles are in the verge of reaching the semi-finals of the ongoing CAF Beach Soccer AFCON in Egypt after beating Tanzania 4-2 on Monday.

The Nigerian team had begun their campaign with a disappointing defeat to Senegal, but bounced back with win over Libya in the second game.

To boost their chances of advancing to the last four, the two-time winners of the competition saw off Tanzania 4-2 in their final group game and are currently placed second in Group B.

It was Azeez Abu who opened scoring for Sand Eagles, with a spinning volley in the first period. The goal was his third in the competition.

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At the start of the second period, Yahya Tumbo levelled for Tanzania with a stunning strike.

Emmanuel Ohwoferia and Emmanuel Ojukwu then scored for Nigeria to make it 3-1, but a goal from Adil Jaruph reduced the deficit for Tanzania before Taiwo Adams sealed the victory with a good finish.

Nigeria’s qualification for the semis is now dependent on the result of the other match of the group between Senegal and Libya billed for Tuesday.

The Sand Eagles, led by coach Adamu Ejo, are also in the race for the 2019 Beach Soccer World Cup to be hosted in Paraguay, as only the best two teams in Egypt will represent Africa.

Hence they are one win away from qualifying for the tournament if they successfully pick the semifinal ticket on Tuesday.


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