Nigeria to play Beach Soccer at Commonwealth Youth Games

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Nigeria will feature alongside Ghana, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and the hosts Bahamas in the male event of the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The junior Sand Eagles have been invited to take part in the male event of Beach soccer at next year’s Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas
Beach Soccer will feature for the first time at the age-grade global sports event with hosts, Ghana, Cook Islands, St Kitts & Nevis, South Africa and Turks & Caicos in the female event.
“We’re thrilled to unveil the Commonwealth nations and territories teams invited to compete in one of the world’s greatest international multi-sport competitions for young athletes,” said Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, David Grevemberg.
“We’re especially pleased to be making history by presenting the first ever Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer tournaments at a Commonwealth Youth Games, which – alongside Rugby Sevens – will field an equal number of men’s and women’s teams as part of our continued commitment to sporting equality.”
Commenting on the inclusion of the sport, Joan Cusco, CEO of Fifa Beach Soccer said: “The beach soccer family is really happy and proud to take part, for the first time, in such a special event as the Commonwealth Youth Games, which will take place at the home of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017.
“The Bahamas will have again the chance to show the world how ready they are for a top class international sports event, and beach soccer will be there to help the Youth Commonwealth Games become a huge success, at all levels. We can do great together.”

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