Seven days to the commencement of the second edition of Copa Lagos at the Eko Atlantic City beach, Kinetic Sports, organisers of the event revealed to Goal.com that the countries are expected to arrive in the country by Wednesday next week.
Steven Apampa, the media officer for the tournament said: “All the teams – Argentina, Lebanon and Portugal are expected in Lagos on Wednesday, December 12.
“We have made preparations to make sure that their stay is wholesome and they get a good impression of Lagos,” he told Goal.com.
Meanwhile a beach cleaning exercise has been planned for December 13 by the organisers, sponsors – FCMB, and the Beach Soccer Foundation.
This action was initiated during the first edition where more than a 100 people came for the exercise which was deemed largely successful.
FCMB is keen to engage the youths in the tournament as these special activities and more to grow the culture of Beach Soccer will soon be unveiled.
Also one of the participating countries, Argentina, said they are glad to have been deemed fit to come play in the 2012 edition of Copa Lagos.
Damian Dupiellet, Beach Soccer chairman in Argentina revealed his pleasure at his country’s inclusion in the 2012 edition of Copa Lagos which kicks off on December 14.
“For the Argentine Football Association, it is a great privilege to attend the competition that provides excellent facilities in Lagos.
“Copa Lagos is a wonderful competition that is growing every year and has welcomed the best teams in the world.”
Nigeria beat Argentina’s South American rivals Brazil to win the first edition but Dupiellet believes they will go a step further than Brazil did in 2011.
“The Copa Lagos fans have to be confident that Argentina will go to compete with the sole purpose of winning this tournament.”
Nigeria will play Argentina on December 15, their second game of the event. The competition will be played in a round-robin format with the final matches played on Sunday, December 16.