2022 Beach Soccer Qualifiers: Super Sand Eagles, Others get Opponents

Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria will take on Libya in the qualifiers for the 2022 Beach Soccer AFCON billed for Mozambique in October this year.

The draw for the 2022 Beach Soccer AFCON qualifiers was conducted on Friday, 24 June 2022 in Maputo, Mozambique

Sand Eagles are among 14 teams that will take part in the qualifying phase.

Seven qualified teams will join 2021 runners-up Mozambique who qualify automatically as hosts.

In other qualifiers, Senegal will battle Cameroon, Ghana will face Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco will square off and Malawi vs Tanzania will face each other.

And other qualifiers will see Seychelles play Madagascar and Comoros take on Uganda.

The first legs of the qualifiers will hold between 22nd, 23Ed and 24th July while the second legs comes up between 5th, 6th and 7th August.

This year’s tournament will be held from 21st to 30th October.

Senegal are the most successful nation having won the Beach Soccer AFCON six times and are also the current champions.

In terms of success in qualifying to the World Cup, again Senegal are the most outstanding nation, having qualified in eight out of ten attempts; Nigeria follow close behind, with six qualifications. Mozambique had its debut in 2021 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Only four countries have won the Beach Soccer AFCON. The countries are Senegal (six titles), Nigeria (two titles), Cameroon (one title) and Madagascar (one title).

The Beach Soccer AFCON was established in 2006 when FIFA made it a requirement for all confederations to begin holding qualification tournaments to determine the best national team(s) in their region and hence those who would proceed to represent their continent in the upcoming World Cup (previously, nations were simply invited to play without having to earn their place).

FIFA currently allocate Africa two berths at the World Cup and hence the top two teams (the winners and the runners-up) qualify to the World Cup finals.

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