The Argentine Beach Soccer team arrived in Lagos on Tuesday to compete in the second edition of the Copa Lagos tournament that will kick off on Friday, December 14 at the Eko Atlantic City beach front.
The Argentines prepared for the Lagos tournament with a double header against South American rivals, Uruguay last weekend.
They won one and lost the other as the two matches were played in Argentina. Uruguay won the first match 5-3 while the Hector Petrasso-tutored side got their revenge on Sunday in front of their home supporters with a 4-3 victory – a win that was anchored on a great performance from their talisman, Cesar Leguizamon.
Argentina used the two matches as well as the upcoming Copa Lagos to prepare for the Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup 2013 - Conmebol qualifier to be held in Merlo, Argentina in January.
The other two countries – Portugal and Lebanon are expected in Lagos on Wednesday and all the teams including the Super Sand Eagles of Nigeria will be housed at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island.
Nigeria is ranked tenth on the Worldwide Beach Soccer table with Portugal in second place behind Brazil and Argentina in fifth position.
Lebanon complete the roster of teams that will be competing in Lagos. They came fourth at the Asian Beach Games in June and Haitham Fattal, finished the tournament with 11 goals to become the highest goal scorer.
Portugal will be in Lagos captained by the legendary Joao Vitor Saraiva, popularly known as Madjer and will be hoping to use Copa Lagos to end a bad season on a good note. Portugal is the only team to knock Brazil out of a FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, as well as they hold an impressive record of 16 international titles to their name.
The first match of the tournament will be between Portugal and Argentina on Friday in what promises to be a spectacular match. Nigeria will play Lebanon in the second match of the day.