– Beach Soccer world cup draw released
[FIFA]–The national beach soccer team, Sand Eagles has qualified for the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup, scheduled to be hosted by Bahamas in April.
The Official Draw for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017, which will be played in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, between April 27 and May 7 2017, took place on Tuesday at the Hotel Atlantis in Nassau.
The draw revealed that hosts Bahamas will play Switzerland in their opening match of the competition on 27 April. Group A also includes Ecuador and Senegal.
Perhaps the most intriguing quartet of teams can be found in Group D, where four-time champions Brazil were drawn alongside 2015 runners-up Tahiti, European champions Poland and a yet-to-be-determined AFC opponent.
The draw ceremony was held in the special presence of the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Assisting in the draw ceremony were FIFA Legend Emerson, former midfielder for Brazil’s national football team and the Miss Bahamas Universe 2016 Cherell Williamson.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 Draw
AFC’s three representatives at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 will be determined at the regional qualifiers taking place between 4 and 11 March.
Nigeria last participated in the competition when Italy hosted it in 2011, where it got to the quarterfinals. The country was also in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 editions of the competition.
This year’s event will hold in Bahamas, with 16 teams vying for the trophy.
Previous FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup were hosted by Brazil (2005, 2006, 2007), France (2008), United Arab Emirates (2009), Italy (2011), Tahiti (2013) and Portugal (2015).
Portugal are the defending champions after defeating Tahiti 5-3 in the final two years ago.