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Beach Soccer: Super Sand Eagles Crash Out



Nigeria’s Super Sand Eagles have crashed out of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas. They were shown the way out by Iran which won 2-1 in penalty shoot-out after regulation and extra time scores stood at 4-4.
In the ensuing penalty shoot-out, Nigeria initially appeared set for victory as the Iranians missed the first of their three kicks through Farid Boulokbashi as Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Dami Paul saved the kick. But the advantage was immediately lost as Victor Tale who came in as substitute missed his kick.
Incidentally, he had scored from the penalty spot in the first part of the game to level the scores at 1-1 after Iran had taken the lead through Mohammad Ahmadzadeh just before the eighth minute of play.
In the penalty shoot-out, Iran’s Ali Nazem converted the second shot. Ibenegbu responded by levelling up for Nigeria. Advantage shifted in favour of Iran as Amir Akbari converted the third kick. Ogodo’s kick hit the cross bar to give the match to Iran

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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