The Nigerians will play their West African opponents Ghana and Cote D'voire as well as North African giants Egypt in group A.
According to the NFF top official, “we are committed to hosting the best –ever CAF Beach Soccer Championship. Our tenor is on putting up a world –class event, and we believe that with the support we have received and still receiving from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the NFF, the Lagos State Government, we will deliver," he told the Nigerian Vanguard.
“We are very grateful to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his decision to support the event. Nigeria 2016 will be a show –stopper. The annual COPA Lagos Invitational Tournament, which has been on for the past five years, has shown us how interesting and how much fun beach soccer can be.”
But Ghana Assistant coach Theo Armah says in football, anything can happen and the Black Sharks of Ghana are gaining the much needed experience in international games. He said the Ghana team will be in Nigeria not as tourists, but as contenders for the trophy and the slot for the World Cup.
Yaw Ampofo Ankrah, President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) also thinks the Black Sharks are capable of shocking the continent.
The competition takes place between December 13-18 at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos State.