24 February 2015 10:15
Mauritius and Tanzania have reached the final round of the qualifiers for the 1st African Beach Soccer Championship Seychelles 2015.
Mauritius overturned the tables with a 5-2 win over Mozambique in the second leg clash at the weekend to march on 7-6 on aggregate. Stephen Nabar was the hero for the Islanders scoring four goals whilst Kelly Mariva fired in the crucial fifth goal. Silvestre Matusse and Matlombe Betinho were the scorers for Mozambique who won the first leg 4-2.
The Islanders, seeking to qualify for a major continental championship since the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations will face Cote d’Ivoire at the final round.
Joining Mauritius into the last hurdle is Tanzania, who completed a double over Kenya with a 7-6 win and progress 12-9 on aggregate.
Striker Ally Rabbi once again proved his importance to the Tanzanian side with five goals, taking his tally to nine over the two legs. Kashiru Salum and John Samwel were the other scorers for the hosts. For Kenya, Mohamed S. Mohamed grabbed a hat-trick whilst Makame Ally, Dismas Kidesen and Hudehita Muhula were also on target, but it was little enough to help their cause.
Tanzania will be up against Egypt at the final round of the first ever qualifying series for the African Beach Soccer Championship.
Djibouti also booked their place following the withdrawal of Sudan, and will challenge Morocco for a place at the final tournament.
The final tournament will be held from 14-19 April 2015 in Seychelles with the finalists qualifying to represent the continent at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in July in Portugal.
Results of First Round
21/02/2015 Tanzania 7-6 Kenya (5-3)
22/02/2015 Mozambique 5-2 Mauritius (2-4)
Fixtures of Second Round
Mali vs Senegal
Djibouti vs Morocco
Uganda vs Ghana
Tanzania vs Egypt
Mauritius vs Cote d’Ivoire
Madagascar vs South Africa
Nigeria vs Libya (Nigeria qualified to the final tournament after Libya’s withdrawal).
[First leg: 13,14,15 March 2015; Second leg: 20,21,22 March 2015]