Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosts Egypt have progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament on the back victories against Madagascar on Monday.
For Nigeria, they will have to wait till the Senegal versus Libya game is concluded on Tuesday to be certain of qualifying for the semis despite a 4-2 success over debutants Tanzania.
The Egyptians outscored Madagascar 4-2 while Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles had to fend off a dogged Tanzanian team to triumph 4-2 in Sharm El Sheikh.
With the crowd behind them and the morale boosting success in their opening game, Egypt’s Pharaohs were fired up against 2015 champions Madagascar.
The hosts were in early good form as they raced into a two-goal lead through their captain Samir Mohamed but within minutes the Egyptians were pegged back as Madagascar battled their way into contention through a goal each from Romain Fitana and Regis Enidiel.
Madagascar were made to pay for their sloppy defending from set-piece situations as Moustafa Aly headed in the third for Egypt before Elshahat Borham restored the two-goal lead of the host nation which proved vital in their qualification for the semi-finals.
Two-time African beach soccer champions Nigeria are yet to get into their groove after an opening day defeat to Senegal and a win over Libya and this was evident in their nervy victory over Tanzania.
Nigeria’s top beach soccer star Abu Azeez volleyed them into the lead and it looked like it was going to be a one-way traffic after the Tanzanians suffered a 12-2 defeat to Senegal a day earlier but Yahya Said Tumbo levelled the scores at 1-1.
After struggling to break a resistant Tanzanian side in the first period, the Supersand Eagles picked up pace and got a two-goal lead with Emmanuel Ohwoferia and Tyson Ojukwu scored a goal each before Jaruph Rajab Juma trimmed the lead to just one.
The final period was cagey and produced just a goal. Adams Taiwo’s goal secured the win for Nigeria whose qualification will be secured depending if Libya’s game against Senegal as the north Africans are tied on same number of points with Supersand Eagles.
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