Nigeria’s beach soccer team, the Super Sand Eagles, will now leave for the World Cup in Bahamas in batches after half of the team were denied visas to the United States of America.
A top official informed SCORENigeria: “The first set of the beach soccer team will depart the country on April 18 for Bahamas. They will transit in the US.
“This batch will be led by coach Audu Adamu.
“The other batch of seven players and two officials who were refused US visas have reapplied and will join the rest of the squad as soon as they are also granted their visas.”
The second include star player Ado Ali and the team’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Nigeria’s preparation for the Beach Soccer World Cup has been anything but great with a training camp delayed for several weeks and a pre-World Cup tournament in Senegal was called off.
This year’s Beach Soccer World Cup will kick off on April 27.
Nigeria are drawn in Group B against Italy, Iran and Mexico.
They begin their campaign against Italy on April 27.