13th October, 2022
The CAF African Beach Soccer Cup of Nations Mozambique 2022 (BSAFCON) is to hold without the Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria again.
Which way forward for the Nigeria Beach Soccer?
Beach soccer is one of the quickest growing football association projects globally run by FIFA.
The sport is exceptionally growing across all continents and countries except in Nigeria. Though Nigeria has the headquarters of the Africa Beach Soccer Association situated in the FCT Abuja, Nigeria, it has become unfortunate that the sport has been forgotten again by the NFF.
News got to us that the immediate past board decided not to enter the Sand Eagles for the Nations Cup Mozambique 2022. And we keep on wondering how they let this chance pass them by again. If the failed participation issues were technical they should have let stakeholders know early enough.
All eyes are now on Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau the newly elected NFF President. Was the beach soccer nations cup tournament approved by Mr. Amaju Pinnick before leaving his office or did he shut the door on the CAF beach soccer Nations Cup for Nigeria long before giving the baton over to Alhaji Gusau?
The Nigerian beach soccer association president worked overtime to revive this sport in Nigeria after the NFF kicked the sport out some years ago due to certain scandals associated with its last outing in the World Cup in Paraguay.
It is true that Nigeria loves following instead of leading, especially as it is been proven in beach soccer furthermore.
The beach soccer league was played across Nigeria this year. Kwara, Kebbi, and Lagos State hosted the league. The Super 4 was concluded in Kebbi State just last weekend with KADA BSC emerging winners. Where did their sponsorships come from?
Truth remains, this sport is a sport several stakeholders are investing in at the moment. A sport that Africa can truly showcase how the art of kicking and pursuing the round lethal barefooted seems extremely entertaining. This sport is filled with skill and natural talent and if taken seriously by the NFF could become another great football haven for Nigerians.
As beach soccer continues its struggle in the wilderness, all eyes are now affixed on Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, the newly elected NFF President, and his board members, on how they can navigate this association during their time.