The Black Sharks on Sunday confirmed their qualification to the 2016 CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations to be staged in Lagos, Nigeria from December 13-18 following a 17-4 aggregate win over the Harambee Sand Stars of Kenya.
Coach Armah who led the team to the first edition as Head Coach told the Times Sports the real work was about to starts, stressing that “our aim is to qualify for the World Cup and to do that we must go to Nigeria and be among the top two to be able to realise our World Cup dream.”
“Ghana is a great football nation and we want to replicate that at the beach soccer level. The Nigeria tournament serves as a perfect ground to finally announce our presence at the world stage.
“We have been waiting on the fringes for some time now and I believe the time has come for all the concerned bodies to come together and help the Black Sharks realise their dream, like it was for the Black Stars in the run up to the 2006 World Cup.
He noted that with less than three months to the championships, the team is planning a complete and a comprehensive training schedule which includes camping to put the boys in the best of conditions for the tournament but the lack of funds to carry it out is threatening to derail plans.
“We are financially constrained hence our inability to start early camping ahead of previous tournament and I’m afraid same may happen if support does not come our way.”
Ghana will join host Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, defending champions Madagascar and the North African trio of Morocco, Egypt and Libya for the finals in December.
By Raymond Ackumey