Senegal shoulders Africa’s first Beach Soccer World title hopes

To reach the semi finals, the Lions from Senegal ousted Brazil last Thursday on a 5-4 victory after extra time.

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Africa’s dream of having a team for the first time ever in a Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup final or even winning the title is gradually growing stronger, thanks to Senegal’s heroics in Russia.

On top of making history as the first team on the continent to reach the semi finals of the tournament, the reigning African champions will this Saturday do more wonders if they get rid of Japan at the stage of last four.

To reach the semi finals, the Lions from Senegal ousted Brazil last Thursday on a 5-4 victory after extra time. The first semi final fixture will feature hosts Russia taking on Switzerland.

Winner of the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in 2016, 2018 and 2021, the Lions of Teranga only confirms a progression that started several years ago.

A Senegalese player celebrates in Russia| COURTESY PHOTO.

Enroute to the semi finals, Senegal beat Uruguay (6-1), Portugal (5-2) and suffered a defeat in their third game against Oman (2-3) in the group stage. More determined than ever, the Ngalla Sylla’s men hit the five-time world champion, Brazil in the last eight.

After the elimination of Mozambique, Senegal remained the sole African representative in the competition and intend to play their cards until the end.

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