Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Beach Soccer League to Kick Off Soon - Ikpeme

Lagos — There are strong indications that the much expected Beach Soccer League will soon debut in the country.

Secretary General (Technical) of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme said at the final of the 2012 Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Championship at the Atlantic Stadium, Lagos Island at the weekend that the NFF has agreed in principle on the commencement date for the Beach Soccer League in 2013.

The Nigeria's Sand Eagles defeated Portugal 8-7 in the final of the second edition of the Copa Lagos to retain the trophy they won in the inaugural edition last year.

"I'm happy that our Sand Eagles beat Portugal, a world champion in this tournament to defend the title they won last year. This is a team with a good character and determination. I want to say that winning this tournament has shown the quality the team possessed.

"I want to say that the NFF has accepted in principle the commencement date for the Beach Soccer League in the first or second quarter of next year," Ikpeme disclosed.

Meanwhile, coach of the Super Sand Eagles, Adamu Audu, was full of praises for his team for winning the Copa Lagos. An elated Adamu said that it was a well deserved victory over the Portuguese team.

He said he was happy with the level of popularity beach soccer is gaining in Nigeria, adding that when the proposed league begins, Nigerians would see the quality of players that are abound in the country.

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