Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Sand Eagles Ready for Copa Lagos

Captain of the Nigeria's Supersand Eagles, Isiaka Olawale, has confirmed his teammates' preparedness for the second edition of the Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Championship.

The tournament, which involves four nations, is expected to start next week from Friday to Sunday at the Eko Atlantic Beach in Lagos.

Defending champions, Nigeria, six-time European champions, Portugal, South American giants, Argentina and the Cedars of Lebanon are the countries that will take part in this year's edition.

Olawale, 29, who lifted the trophy last December for Nigeria told supersport.com that it would be great for his career to lift the title again this year.

"Last year, we made Nigerians proud as we were the only side that put smiles on their faces as the Super Eagles and the Olympic team failed.

"I am very sure of winning the tournament again considering how good my teammates are in camp, but I want to plead with the NFF not to allow what happened to us last year occur again. They should come to support us, as we are the only team left this year playing in any competition for Nigeria," Olawale said to supersport.com.

The Dolphins' midfielder also took time to clear the rumour surrounding his future in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).

"I was so baffled when I read on the pages of newspapers that I have signed a contract with Kwara United and I was wondering who told them or where they saw me signing the contract. I left them for Dolphins, and I wanted to come back because of my family in Ilorin and the love I have for United but they are not ready to pay me what I asked for. I am still a Dolphins' player," Olawale concluded.

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