Sand Eagles lose World Cup opener to Italy

Nigeria Super Sand Eagles failed to sparkle as they lost their first Group B game of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 6-12 against Italy in the early hours of Friday morning at the National Beach Soccer Arena in Nassau, Bahamas.

Enterprising Abu Azeez scored a hat trick, Godspower Igudia, Emeka Ogbonna and Victor Tale were also scorers on the day but Italy's Gori stole the show with after scoring six goals for Italy.

The Audu Adamu led side took the lead twice in the first period with goals from Godspower Igudia and Victor Tale before the Italians rallied back to ensure the first period ended in a 2-2 draw.

Gabriele Gori followed his impressive scoring exploits in European qualifying with six goals for the Italians and Paolo Palmacci contributed to the victory with a hat-trick, including two bicycle kick goals.

The Sand Eagles will face Mexico this Saturday. The Mexicans lost 2-3 to Iran in the other Group B game.
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