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LAGOS, NIGERIA - DECEMBER 13: CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations 2016 at EKO Atlantic Beach on December 13, 2016 in Lagosi, Nigeria. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso)

By Rotimi Akindele

 

The Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria have been placed in a tough group, following the draw for the ninth edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup held in Bissau, Bahamas last night.

The 2016 CAF runner up and world number 20, is in group B alongside World number 4 Italy, worldnumber 10 Mexico and the awaiting Asian Confederation Champions.

 

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Italy qualified for the World Cup on home soil after finishing 4th in the qualifying series last September while Mexico, who are the number one team in the CONCACAF region lost in the final to Panama last weekend but have done enough to secure a spot in the Bahamas.

The tournament will be held in the Bahamas from 27 April to 7 May.

Host nation, Bahamas will play in Group A alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and African champions, Senegal.

Defending champions, Portugal will play Paraguay, Panama and the second rated team in Asian qualifying series which will be held in Malaysia from 4 to 8 March, 2017 in Group C while Group D should serve us some exciting fixtures with Brazil, Tahiti, Poland, and the third team in the Asian qualifying series squaring off. tournament.

The draw for the group stage

Group A: The Bahamas, Switzerland, Ecuador, Senegal

Group B: Nigeria, Italy, Asia (1st ) , Mexico

Group C: Asia (2nd), Portugal, Paraguay, Panama

Group D: Brazil, Tahiti, Poland, Asia (3rd)

 

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