The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Nigeria will no longer take part in the 2022 Beach Soccer AFCON which will take place from October 21-28 in Mozambique’s City of Vilankulo.
Nigeria’s qualification was confirmed after the withdrawal of Libya from the qualifiers.
The withdrawal of the Sand Eagles of Nigeria has left Malawi, hosts Mozambique and Morocco as the only three teams in group A with CAF saying Nigeria will not be replaced.
“As per the regulations, if a team withdraws before the start of the competition, the team against which the team in question has played in the qualifiers should be qualified. However, since this team is Libya, who have also withdrawn from the qualifiers, group A will consist of three teams only (Mozambique, Malawi & Morocco) and group B which has defending champions Senegal, Uganda, Madagascar, and Egypt. will not change,” reads a communication from CAF.
Nigeria is the second most successful team in the Beach AFCON after Senegal and the withdrawal means Nigeria will not take part in the 2023 World Cup.