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Nigeria Set to Host 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations

By Staff Reporter

2016-02-17 10:58:09.

Nigeria has been awarded the hosting right of the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations by Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF, in a letter addressed to Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and posted on the latter’s website, expressed its excitement the decision of Nigeria to switch the event from 2017 to December 2016.

The letter to the NFF president reads in part, inter alia: “Considering indeed that the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup might be held early 2017, and that CAF in odd years do organize three major events back to back, namely the Africa Cup of Nations followed by the U20 and U17 Cup of Nations from January to April 2017, the CAF Executive Committee decided to ease the overall calendar of events by organizing the Beach Soccer Cup of Nations every even years from now on.”

The letter goes on to say: “Hence, we look forward to a tremendous competition and to meet your team as soon as possible to start the preparations of the said competition.”

The statement is however, not clear on a bid process and if other countries were in the running to host the competition.
Although notification to host the continental tournament comes early in the year, it is not known if talks between CAF and the NFF, had been ongoing prior to the turn of the New Year 2016.

The prospect to host the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations, has so far been widely received across media platforms in Nigeria and by Nigerians. Though early thoughts, hosting the event comes at a time the country is currently dealing with major economic challenges. Therefore, questions relating to sources of funding the event will mostly be asked.
Beach soccer is not new to Nigeria.

It will be recalled that shortly after the successful organization of the 5th edition of the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer championship, NFF president Amaju Pinnick, professed his board’s commitment to grow beach soccer in Nigeria.

One way in which the NFF aims to grow beach soccer in Nigeria, is through the organization and management of a league. It is yet to be known if plans are being advanced to achieve the said objective.

Nigeria will play host to the 2nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations of Beach Soccer, which will see Lagos as the host city. Scheduled for December this year, the tournament will serve as the qualifying route to the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which will be held in The Bahamas.













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