Senegal extended their dominance in beach football on the continent after beating hosts Nigeria 8-4 in the final match of the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations played on Sunday, December 18, at the Eko Atlantic, Lagos.
Senegal Beats Nigeria To Emerge African Beach Soccer Champions 2016
With both sides already assured of a place in the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas, the Super Sand Eagles were hoping for a fourth African title to equal the record of their West African rivals, but they came up short on the night despite being cheered by a massive home supporters
Boubacar Fall was the star of the show as Oumar Sylla’s men proved too powerful for the Super Sand Eagles who went into the half-time interval 3-2 up.
Once Diassy converted from the spot after the restart, it became Senegal all the way as they hit a flurry of goals in a dizzying second-half spell.
Senegal remains Africa’s most successful beach soccer playing nation with five titles in their kitty, and will now go to the world cup as the continent’s king.
This is the third time Audu Adamu’s men will be losing in the competition’s final – after a failed attempt in South Africa 2006 and Morocco 2011.
Senegal’s Al Seyni Ndiaye was named best goalkeeper of the tournament with Nigeria’s Emeka Ogbonna decorated as the Most Valuable Player of the championship.
Babacar Fall won the tournament’s topscorer’s prize with 11 goals.