The Super Sand Eagles failed to qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup billed for Papeete, in Tahiti. This will be the first time since 2008 the national beach soccer team will be missing out of the event.
After a stunning 17- goal thriller between the Senegalese and the Nigerians, one goal made all the difference as Senegal roar their way- 9-8 the final score- to a fourth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Two of Senegal’s most prolific players, Ngalla Sylla and Koukpaki, jumped- started Senegal with an opening 2-0 run, which had Nigeria trail their opponent for the rest of the game. The Super Sand Eagles didn’t lose faith throughout the duration of the game trying to counteract the Senegalese dominion.
After pulling one back for the 2-1, the Senegalese stroke again to widen the gap to 4-1, though, the stroke exchange went on during the whole match.
Nigeria managed to reduce the deficit on some occasions, even getting only one goal behind at some point, but their reaction was never enough against an inspired Senegalese, who always found the way to stay ahead in the score. Abu’s last hit for the Super Sand Eagles came with just three seconds to the hooter, which left the Nigerians without enough room to level up.
The final whistle meant Senegal will be up against Cote d’Ivoire for a chance to retain their crown as African champions and also have secured a ticket to Tahiti.
In the other semi- final match, Cote d’Ivoire defeated Morocco 5-4 to eliminate the host nation from the finals and also qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Nigeria and Morocco will battle for third- place, while Senegal and Ivory Coast will play for the title on Sunday in El Jadida, Morocco.