The eight participating teams come from all over the continent and are very respected across the globe. The event brings a wonderful opportunity to South Africa, who have been building a high caliber team wanting to qualify for the World Cup again, just as they did for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2005. The hosts will be taking on some of the fiercest contenders in the continent, and this means the Bafana Bafana will really be put to the test on home soil.
Being one of the kings of Africa, Nigeria is internationally considered one of the best teams in the sport and are always a constant threat to take home the title of any event they participate in, including the numerous World Cup appearances they have been accruing. Similarly, Senegal is a big and hungry team which has become a mainstay at the World Cup, and would want nothing more than to take home this coveted title. Conversely, Mozambique and Seychelles, who will be competing at their first ever top-flight international competition, will be happy to be considered the underdogs, but the truth is that, naturally gifted for beach soccer as they are, they can cause more than one upset.
A beach soccer boom has already started and Durban will help sustain the momentum in this spectacular event, which will put together the best of the continental beach soccer it has to offer and a lively atmosphere, including concerts, parties and many other surprises. The importance of this Trophy is even more noticeable considering that these same teams will be battling in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015 – CAF Qualifier Seychelles in two short months. All of Africa will have their eyes on South Africa from the 6th-8th of March and you will not want to miss a minute.