Players and officials of the Supersand Eagles, will leave the country on Friday to Paraguay for this year’s Beach Soccer World Cup finals.
This was disclosed in a press statement by the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday.
The two –time African champions picked a ticket for the 10th edition of the tournament after finishing second behind Senegal at the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations staged in Egypt in December 2018.
This year’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will hold between November 21and December 1 in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay.
Los Pynandi World Cup Stadium, will serve as the venue for the tournament.
“We are travelling early to Asuncion in order to participate in an eight-nation pre-competition tournament that will take place in Asuncion, from November 12 to16.
“After the tournament, the team will continue intensive training ahead of our first match against Portugal on November 22,” Team Administrator, Sunday Okayi, said.
The pre-competition tournament will involve Oman, Tahiti, Paraguay, Nigeria, Belarus, United Arab Emirates, Senegal and one other team to be confirmed.
Nigeria, winners of the African title in 2007 and 2009, and quarter –finalists at the World Cup in 2007 and 2011, have a mountain to surmount in Group B against Brazil (ranked world number one), Portugal (ranked world number two) and Oman (ranked number 14 in the world). Nigeria is ranked 21st in the world.
Host nation Paraguay will tackle Japan in the tournament opening game on November 21. After their first game against Portugal on November 22, the Supersand Eagles take to the beach against Oman on November 24 and then against Brazil two days later.