Beach soccer national team, Super Sand Eagles’ coach, Audu Adamu (aka Ejo) has issued a very solemn appeal to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to set plans in motion for preparations of his squad towards this year’s Beach Football World Cup.
Speaking of his plans for the competition, which will hold from November 21 to December 1 in Asunción, Paraguay, Adamu noted how his team camped in Faro, Portugal before heading to the last edition and the strategy paid off when they eventually got the championship proper, with a heroic show against Brazil confirming it.
With The Samba Nation again one of his team’s group opponents at Paraguay 2019, Adamu says the Super Sand Eagles have all it takes to beat Brazil, Portugal and Oman in the first round of the upcoming championship, then go on to pull off their best performance ever in the competition’s history, but stressed that they need early and adequate preparations in order to make it work.
Nigeria will begin their campaign against Portugal on November 22, play Oman on November 24, before facing Brazil in Group D’s final match two days later at Paraguayan Olympic Committee arena in Luque, where ‘Ejo’ says he wants to surpass the quarter final achievement recorded in the 2006 and 2007 editions, if his side are given adequate preparation and proper welfare.
Adamu added: “The World Cup is just about two months from now. We have to start preparing, for us to do well. The last time, we went to Faro, and we saw the gains we got from that camping experience. Against Brazil, we came from four goals down in three minutes to the end and we equalized. That was because of the exposure the boys got.
“Brazil are the world champion and have won the title five times and Portugal have won it too, but Nigeria have beaten Brazil 9-4 in 2011 at the Copa Lagos, no African team achieved that feat. Two months ago, Senegal lost 6-1 away to Portugal.
“That is why I want us to prepare well before going to Uruguay. We just have to start camping right now, and I am sure that this team will do even better than what Nigeria has had in the history of this competition.”