Dakar – The African Beach Soccer Union (ABSU) has received the backing of the continental football governing body, CAF, to go ahead with proposed regional tournaments.
There is growing interest in beach soccer across Africa and zonal competitions will only add to its appeal.
The CAF leadership met the ABSU ahead of the 2021 AFCON Beach Soccer finals pitting winners and hosts Senegal against Southern Africa’s representatives Mozambique last weekend.
Commenting on proposed development initiatives, CAF first vice-president Augustin Senghor said: “I’m totally part of beach soccer, and I’m impressed with your plans. I will discuss with (CAF) president (Patrice) Motsepe to see the integration of your Union as a partner of CAF.
“We are working for football and CAF is in charge of all the games, my feeling is that (African national teams) have more chances to win the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup quicker than the traditional 11-aside game. Very important for me is to develop the regional competitions for the six zones, and while I encourage you to continue on your drive and commitment, it’s important that you carry everyone along.”
CAF beach soccer and futsal development committee chair Sita Sangare said they were organising training for coaches and officials this year.
After the AFCON Beach Soccer final, Motsepe handed over the winners’ trophy to Senegal, who retained the title for the third successive time.
The Beach Teranga Lions beat Mozambique 4-1 in the final, but the Southern Africans departed with their heads held high after Nelson Manuel was named Player of the Tournament in addition to grabbing the Golden Boot after banging in 10 goals in the continental fiesta.
Mozambique hosts 2022 AFCON Beach Soccer.