The Super Sand Eagles recorded their first win in Group B at the ongoing 2018 CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt after defeating Libya 6-3 on Sunday.
The Audu Adamu side had lost 2-0 on penalties to defending champions Senegal following a 4-4 stalemate after regulation time in their opening game on Saturday while Libya put five past newcomers Tanzania.
Emeka Ogbonna, best player of the last edition of the competition held in Lagos in 2016, and Abu Azeez both bagged a brace while Emmanuel Ohwoferia and Suleiman Ogodo got one goal each for the Super Sand Eagles in the encounter.
The Super Sand Eagles converted six of the 12 shots they had on target. They are now second in Group B with three points from two games with a better goal difference of +3 over Libya who also have the same number of points.
The Super Sand Eagles will face Tanzania in their last Group B game today, starting from 2.30pm Egyptian time (1.30pm Nigerian time).
Coach Adamu is likely to throw another star player Victor Tale into the fray today to ensure a baptism of fire for the East Africans, while paving the Nigerians’ route to the last four.
In the other Group B game played on Sunday, Senegal defeated Tanzania 12-2 to move top of the group. They will face Libya in their last group game on Tuesday.
The competition serves as qualification to the 2019 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay, with the two finalists in Sharm El Sheikh representing Africa at the event next year.