Ibenegbu looking forward to difficult Beach Soccer World Cup opener against Italy

Nigeria Super Sand Eagles player Bartholomew “Moskito” Igbenegbu is anticipating a tough tie when Nigeria play their first game of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup against Italy in Bahamas on Thursday.

National Beach Soccer Arena, Nassau is the venue for the Sand Eagles’ opener before other group games against Mexico and Iran in the Group B of the tournament.

Coach Audu Adamu boast some very experienced legs in Isiaka Olawale, Ogbonnaya Okemiri, Bartholomew Ibenegbu, Abu Azeez, Victor Tale and goalkeeper Godwin Anyalogu.

New recruits to the squad are the likes of Godspower Igudia, Emeka Ogbonna, Emmanuel Owhoferia and Suleiman Mohammed.

“Surely it will be fun. The Beach World Cup is as exciting as it is competitive,” Ibenegbu told Complete Sports.

“We are in good spirits ahead of this match. We are not expecting an easy match against the Italians but we have played in this tournament before and looking forward to it. I pray we start the World Cup with a win.”

Nigeria participated in four of the previous eight FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup competitions.

They crashed out at group stage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2006 and in Dubai, UAE in 2009, but made it to the quarter-finals in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and in Ravenna, Italy six years ago.

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