21 September 2016 07:17
The seven teams to join hosts Nigeria for the 2nd Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations emerged over the weekend after the completion of the qualifiers.
Ghana confirmed their place at the finals after a 7-1 victory over visiting Kenya on Sunday in Accra. The victory saw the Black Sharks come out tops of the tie 17-4 on aggregate, the biggest win in the qualifiers.
Leading striker for the Ghanaians, Richard Osai scored a hat-trick to take his tally to seven in both legs. Osai scored three goals in four minutes adding to a brace from Michael Sema. Kofi Aziz and Alexander Adjei were the other scorers for the Black Sharks with Madi Hassani grabbing a consolation for the visitors.
Ghana Assistant Coach, Theophilus Nii Armah in a post-match interview said a place at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas in 2017 remains their target.
“The real work starts now. Our aim is to qualify for the World Cup and to do that we must go to Nigeria and win to be able to realize our World Cup dream, and that is the main concern of the team now,” said Nii Armah
Joining Ghana is neighbours Cote d’Ivoire, who edged Tanzania 6-4 in Abidjan and 13-7 on aggregate. Daniel N’guessan and Gnoleba Zemene gave the Ivorians a two-goal lead early in the game before Ahmada Abdi pulled one back for the East Africans.
Ally Abdalah levelled on 14 minutes only for two more goals from N’guessan and another from Zemene to take the game beyond the visitors. The homers survived a late scare from their guests who reduced the deficit through Kashiru Said and a second from Abdi.
Holders Madagascar sealed their place in grand style beating Mozambique 6-2 at the Majunga Stadium. Two goals from Ymelda Razafimandimby and one each from Regis Enidiel, Christian Tsimiava, Flavien Razafimahatratra and Pierralit Tovonay was enough to land Barea a safe passage to Nigeria to defend their titles. The Mozambicans got a consolation through Silvino Pacule and Betinho Matlombe.
In Dakar, Senegal outclassed Cape Verde 5-2 to progress 12-4 on aggregate joining the likes of Egypt, Libya and Morocco who qualified after their opponents, Uganda, Sudan and Liberia withdrew from the qualifiers.
The final tournament will be held from 13-18 December 2016 in Lagos with the finalists qualifying to represent the continent FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas in 2017.
Saturday, 17 September 2016
Cote d’Ivoire 6-4 Tanzania (7-3)
Madagascar 6-2 Mozambique (3-2)
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Ghana 7-1 Kenya (10-3)
Senegal 5-2 Cape Verde (7-2)
Qualified teams: Nigeria (host), Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal