Just over an hour after touching down in Entebbe Uganda, the national beach soccer team Black Sharks took to the sands and fought for an impressive 9-6 victory over their determined hosts.
With all direct and connecting flights?to Uganda fully booked on Saturday, the team had to take the rather long route of Accra-Dubai-Entebbe as the last and only alternative.
As at 1:30 pm on Saturday, the trip was officially off due to lack of funds to purchase tickets but the last minute intervention of Travel Matters to credit 11 tickets saved the team from certain elimination, a fine and other penalties.
Despite their shaky preparations, the Sharks led by captain Michael Sema put up a splendid performance to beat the Sand Cranes in Entebbe to take them a step closer to the 2015 tournament to be staged in Seychelles.
A hat-trick from captain Sema was topped up by goals from Alexander Adjei (4 goals), Mathew Lamptey and Isaac Ofori (1 goal each).
The Sharks were represented by a contingent of eleven, made up of 8 players, the coach, his assistant and the protocol officer having been forced to drop 5 players due to financial constraints.
The victory places the Sharks in pole position to take the qualifying spot for the maiden CAF beach soccer AFCON scheduled for April 2015.
It marks the team’s second victory after they recorded their first with an 8-2 trashing of Seychelles in the just ended Power Horse Beach Soccer African Trophy held in Durban a week ago.
The Sharks continue to rise on international scene, moving from
83rd position on the FIFA rankings to 69th (February 2015). The Sharks are also rated as the 7th best beach soccer team on the continent
Ghana will host the Uganda on Sunday the 22nd of March with the winner over the two legs qualifying for the maiden beach soccer AFCON, seychelles.
ln dedicating the victory to Ghanaians captain Daniel Goka also appealed to President Mahama to continue to urge sports administrators to support emerging sports such as beach soccer.