Nigeria has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations by the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
The Confederation has said it is ready to meet with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, soon in order to start preparations for the competition, which is expected to hold in December 2016 rather than 2017, due to the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup to be held early 2017.
“Considering indeed that the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup might be held early 2017, and that CAF in odd years do organize three major events back to back, namely the Africa Cup of Nations followed by the Under-20 and Under-17 Cup of Nations from January to April 2017, the CAF Executive Committee decided to ease the overall calendar of events by organizing the Beach Soccer Cup of Nations every even years from now on.
“Hence, we look forward to a tremendous competition and to meet your team as soon as possible to start the preparations of the said competition,” part of a letter by CAF to NFF stated.
The Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations will take place in Lagos in December this year and will also serve as qualification for next Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.