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CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations - Egypt
15 Dec 2018

Round table meeting to empower the future of beach soccer in Africa

CAF, BSWW and the National Championships hold a meeting to discuss future strategies and measures to foster the growth of the sport in the region


With the focus on the future of beach soccer in Africa, a round table meeting was held in the framework of the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in Sharm El Sheikh, involving CAF, Beach Soccer Worldwide and representatives from the eight National sides. 

Samson Adamu, Director of Competitions, Josep Ponset, Beach Soccer Worldwide Director of Competitions and Ahmed Salem, CAF Beach Soccer Event Manager, sat down with the eight Team Managers of the Nations involved in the current edition of the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations to discuss what the future of beach soccer looks like in the continent, and what are the necessary steps to take in order to help it grow and achieve its potential. 

Africa is a continent with huge possibilities, with thousands and thousands of kilometers of beach, a vibrant passion for football, and talented and strong athletes. With a proper plan, teams in this region can get to the highest level on the global beach soccer stage. 

CAF and Beach Soccer Worldwide fully agree on that, and the connection between both entities is strong, as they share one common goal: making the most of the capacities and potential that African Beach Soccer has. 

Josep Ponset, Beach Soccer Worldwide Director of Competitions thanked CAF for their continuing support and trust, as well as highlighting that "we will keep working together, because we firmly believe that Africa is a key region for the sport, with huge potential, and its development is a vital piece of our route map in the coming years". 

Claude Barrabé, CAF's Technical Study Group Member and former CAF Beach Soccer champion as Madagascar National Coach, also referred to the Malagasy success story, and explained many of the strategies that can be followed to turn beach soccer into a strategic part of any Football Association.

In turn, the different team managers also presented their respective views and ideas, as well as expressing what were their own first priorities in terms of international competitions and domestic programs. 

These meetings will keep on happening in the coming months, as CAF and Beach Soccer Worldwide will continue to work together to further develop the game in Africa.

RESULTS & SCHEDULE
December 08, 2018 - December 14, 2018
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Group Stage - Group A
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Egypt EGY 3 3 0 0 20 6 14 9
Morocco MAR 3 2 0 1 12 14 -2 6
Madagascar MAD 3 1 0 2 10 13 -3 3
Coted ivoire CIV 3 0 0 3 10 19 -9 0
Group Stage - Group B
Team P W W+ L GF GA GD PTS
Senegal SEN 3 2 1 0 26 7 19 7
Nigeria NIG 3 2 0 1 14 9 5 6
Lbya0001 LBY 3 1 0 2 9 18 -9 3
Tanz0001 TAZ 3 0 0 3 6 21 -15 0
Play-off for 7th Place
Tanz0001 TAZ 6 - 5 (AET) LBY Lbya0001
Play-off for 5th Place
Madagascar MAD 5 - 2 TAZ Tanz0001
Lbya0001 LBY 3 - 6 CIV Coted ivoire
Madagascar MAD 9 - 8 (AET) CIV Coted ivoire
Semi-finals
Egypt EGY 6 - 7 NIG Nigeria
Senegal SEN 7 - 2 MAR Morocco
Play-off for 3rd place
Egypt EGY 3 - 2 MAR Morocco
Final
Nigeria NIG 1 - 6 SEN Senegal
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