Nigeria thrash Germany 7-1 in Copa Lagos Beach Soccer


Edwin Usoboh

Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles on Friday kicked off the defence of their title in this year’s Copa Lagos Beach Soccer in style at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos Friday evening.

The Super Sand Eagles, who have won the first two editions of the Copa Lagos defeated former European Beach League champions, Germany 7-1 with three goals from Abu Azeez, one each from Ogbona Okemmiri, captain Olawale Isiaka, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Ogbonna Emeka.

This will be the first time the Germany will take part in the Copa Lagos sponsored by FCMB Plc and Eko Atlantic. The Germans, who exhibited a combination of power and flair on the beach of the Eko Atlantic City, could not match the fire power of Nigeria’s Beach Eagle who proved too strong for them.

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Meanwhile, Senegal who had been crowned champions of Africa three times in 2008, 2011 and 2013 were earlier in the afternoon defeated in the opening march by Lebanon 5-4.

Lebanon were making their second consecutive appearance at the Copa Lagos which they almost won last year in the final.

Head coach of the Nigerian team, Audu Adamu expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his team, saying “I am very happy and satisfied with the way the boys performed today, they really carried out the instructions and the training we had before this tournament was not in vain. We didn’t know the Germans before this match. I want to believe that they knew us and they really prepared for us. We’re looking forward to the next game, as you can see, there are no smaller team anymore. The Lebanese team defeated Senegal who were the former Africa champions. These Lebanese team almost defeated us last year. So, we have to prepare ourselves if we really want to defend the title.”