The Ghana Black Sharks; national beach soccer team Sharks, on of Ghana have intensified their training ahead of their Saturday, August 27, 2016, first leg African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2016 beach soccer qualifier against Kenya.
Coach Daniel Kotey and his assistant Theophilus Armah took the players through various sessions lasting almost 80 minutes at the Nyali beach in Mombasa, Kenya. The Sharks arrived in the coastal tourist hub of Mombasa on Tuesday night after stopovers in Lagos and Kigali in Nigeria and Rwanda respectively.
Coach Kotey has allayed fears of jet lag affecting the performance of the team insisting that the long haul would not reduce his players’ output on Saturday afternoon. “The boys are fine because they have recovered well and are already adjusted to the weather here. A few of them were a bit slow in the beginning but they are all ready to fight for a starting place come Saturday” the coach said.
Ghana Black Sharks faces opposition
Since both sides have stated their intentions of going for a win, the Sharks should expect an all out action packed battle with the energetic Kenyans who have been in town for several more weeks and are playing at home with an expected large crowd in support.
Kenya head coach Raji Babu has already thrown a challenge to the West Africans. “We are under no pressure because it is our first attempt at qualification but Ghana is expected to win so they have a lot to prove”. The match will be played at the Pirates Beach Resort at 3pm local time which translates into 12 noon Ghana time.
Ghanaians can catch live radio commentary in their local Twi language on Kyzz 89.7fm in Takoradi with LIVE updates on Happy FM, Radio Gold 90.5 FM, Rainbow Radio and Global 105.1 FM in Ho.
Beach Soccer AFCON
According to Wikipedia, the Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations (previously known as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship prior to 2016) is the main international championship for beach soccer in Africa, mirroring that of the Africa Cup of Nations in association football, aiming to crown the best nation on the continent.
Wikipedia continues to state that the event is also referred to as the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers for CAF, the championship was established in 2006 after FIFA made requirements for all confederations to begin holding a qualification tournament to determine the best national team(s).
Source: Yaw Ampofo Ankrah in Kenya