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CAF confirms Nigeria, six other countries for Beach Soccer AFCON

The Confederation of African Football has listed the Beach Eagles of Nigeria among the seven teams to have already secured spots in the 2022 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations.

The tournament will be held in Vulankulo, Mozambique from October 21 to October 30.

Two-time champions Nigeria qualified for the 2022 tournament at the expense of Libya, who withdrew from the qualifiers and gave the Beach Eagles a free pass.

Although Nigeria did not participate in the last edition in Saly, Senegal in 2021, the Beach Eagles are still one of the top contenders having finished as runners-up in 2016 in Lagos and 2018 in Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

Defending champions Senegal and semi-finalists at the last edition of the Beach Soccer AFCON, Uganda, have also qualified for this year’s tournament.

The two sides are among the countries that sealed their qualification for the competition following the second legs of the qualifiers over the weekend.

However, the fate of the final qualifier between last edition’s third-place winners Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire remains undecided as the second-leg match was interrupted before its conclusion.

Senegal sealed their spot by trouncing Cameroon in both qualifying legs, winning 9-1 in the first fixture and 7-3 in the return leg.

Uganda eased past Comoros 9-5 on aggregate after a 5-2 win away and a 4-3 victory at home.

Egypt squeezed past Ghana 12-11 on aggregate after losing the first leg away 6-5 and winning the home fixture 7-5.

Mozambique, the other team that reached the semi-finals of the previous tournament, already clinched their place as hosts of this year’s competition.

Madagascar, African champions in 2015, booked their place in Mozambique after defeating the Seychelles 6-2 in the second leg to seal an 11-4 aggregate victory.

Malawi qualified by the narrowest of margins after beating Tanzania on the away goals rule.

Aggregate score was 8-8 but Malawi advanced having scored more away goals: they won 3-2 at home and lost 6-5 in Tanzania.

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