FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Italy Thrashed Nigeria 12-6
Nigeria began her quest for a maiden FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on a poor note, losing 12-6 to Italy.
Despite not having the best preparations in the weeks and months leading up to the competition, coach Adamu Adamu’s team put up a brave showing against the Europeans in the early hours of Friday at the National Beach Soccer Arena, Nassau, Bahamas.
Abu Azeez (hat-trick), Victor Tale, Godspower Igudia and Emeka Ogbonna were the scorers for Nigeria, while Italy’s Gabriele Gori was the star of the show with six goals to his name.
The Super Sand Eagles started well and went two goals up through Igudia and Tale in the first period before the Italians rallied back to ensure the first period ended in 2-2 draw.Okemiri was yellow-carded in the first minute of the second period for a foul, but the resultant penalty kick was saved by Nigeria’s goalkeeper Dami Paul, who also made two more brilliant saves before conceding the third goal.
There was injury scare for Nigeria in the seventh minute of the second period as captain Isiaka Olawale went down clutching his leg, but he managed see the match out.
Next up for Nigeria will be Mexico on Saturday, while Italy face Iran in the second round of Group B matches.
See the video highlight of the match here