Nigeria’s beach soccer team, the Super Sand Eagles have no option other than winning in Saturday’s match with Mexico in the Group B encounter of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017.
The Nigerian team, beaten 12-6 in the first encounter with Italy will be under pressure not to get eliminated in the opening round.
In the other Group B match of the day, Italy and Iran will merely be fighting for the leadership as both won their respective opening matches. Iran beat Mexico 3-2. Owing to last Thursday’s heavy defeat, the Super Sand Eagles sit at the bottom of the group table.
This is the first ever encounter of Nigeria and Mexico in beach soccer and Mexico too, will be desirous of advancing thus leaving both sides with no margin for error and no option but to convert the obvious talent they possess into much-needed points.
While Nigeria is still struggling in the competition, Senegal, the other African team, is having a swell time in Group A.
The African champions showed in their opening game what they are capable of, displaying plenty of firepower up front and no little talent at the back.
Proof of that came with the performance of goalkeeper Al Seyni Ndiaye, who pulled off 14 saves in keeping a clean sheet against Ecuador.
The Senegalese are facing hosts, the Bahamas on Saturday night.