A beach soccer player with the Kebbi State Beach Soccer Club, Emeka Hego-Ogbonna, has been named among the top 100 players in the world by FIFA, the world football governing body, an official has disclosed.
President, African Beach Soccer Union, Mahmud-Hadejia, confirmed this on the sidelines of the ongoing second season of the Kebbi State Beach Soccer League 2021/2022 edition, holding in Birnin Kebbi, with 10 clubs vying for the trophy.
Hego-Ogbonna, also a Nigerian beach soccer international with the Super Sand Eagles, was the highest goal scorer at the 2019 Nigeria Copa Lagos International Tournament, and had won the MVP at the CAF beach soccer African Cup of nations with Nigeria in 2016.
Mahmud-Hadejia said, “Just like the regular football, there are professional beach soccer players across the world.
"My friend from Portugal, who just arrived the country, has worked with one of the Portuguese beach soccer professional players, Rabah Madjer, who was a top beach soccer player in the world. We want to have a lot of Madjers here in Kebbi too.
“Beach soccer, worldwide, under FIFA, recently announced the top 100 beach soccer players in the world and a player from Kebbi Beach Soccer Club, who played and won the National Beach Soccer League, was named among the top 100 Beach Soccer Players in the World.”
He described this as a big achievement for Kebbi, advising that sustainable efforts be made by all stakeholders, from the state government to private firms like WACOT Rice, BAM Projects and Cosgrove Investments, who had shown interest and commitment to developing the game, to produce more of such players.