• The two nations will be Africa’s representatives at Paraguay 2019
  • Both competed at Bahamas 2017
  • Senegal secured their fifth continental crown
Senegal once again dominated proceedings in Egypt last week, winning the CAF Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations and claiming a spot at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Paraguay 2019 in the process. Impressively, they have now emerged victorious from five of the last seven continental tournaments.

For the second Cup of Nations in a row, Senegal defeated Nigeria in the final, but as was the case two years ago, the runners-up also qualified for the Beach Soccer World Cup. In fact, this will be the fourth time that both countries have represented Africa together on the global stage.

The competition was a source of great frustration once more for host nation Egypt, who finished third and remain the only team to have participated in every Cup of Nations who have not qualified for the World Cup.

Senegal’s path

  • Matches: five (four wins, one victory on penalties)
  • Goals for: 39 (7.8 per game)
  • Goals against: ten (two per game)
  • Top three scorers: Lansana Diassy (eight), Raoul Mendy (seven) and Mamour Diagne (six)
Did you know?

  • This will be Senegal’s fifth consecutive appearance and seventh overall appearance at the Beach Soccer World Cup – more than any other African nation. They only missed out in 2005, 2006 and 2009.
  • From their first participation in 2007 onwards, Senegal have never failed to secure a top-three finish at the Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Since losing in the 2009 final, Senegal have won their last six clashes with Nigeria. This includes the last three finals in which they have faced each other.
  • Pivot Lansana Diassy was the only player to score in all five of Senegal’s matches in Egypt.

Nigeria’s path

  • Matches: five (three wins, two losses)
  • Goals for: 22 (4.4 per game)
  • Goals against: 21 (4.2 per game)
  • Top three scorers: Abu Azeez (eight), Emeka Ogbonna (five) and Taiwo Adams (four).
Did you know?

  • This will be Nigeria’s second successive appearance and sixth appearance in total at the Beach Soccer World Cup, which is more than any other African team apart from Senegal.
  • Two-time continental champions, the Nigerians have now lost in the last three finals in which they have competed (in 2018, 2016 and 2011).
  • Pivot Abu Azeez has now surpassed the 100-goal mark with Nigeria. His successful strike in the final extended his running total to a remarkable 104.

Source: fifa.com