Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal book trip to Tahiti

The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013 now knows the two teams from CAF who will compete in September after Côte d'Ivoire battled back to beat hosts Morocco 5-4 and Senegal edged Nigeria 9-8. The two semi-final winners will compete tomorrow for the CAF Beach Soccer championship.

Senegal started strong, building a 2-0 lead early on. After the Green Eagles pulled on back, Senegal leapt ahead again to lead 4-1. Nigeria would keep the contest close, at times pulling to within a goal of Senegal, but they never managed to find an equaliser. Nigeria scored with three seconds to play to reach the final scoreline of 9-8, but the loss means the Green Eagles will miss out on the global showpiece for the first time since 2008.

Morocco miss out
Morocco lost an early lead in their semi-final against Côte d'Ivoire as the Ivorians battled back to earn their ticket to Tahiti. At one point trailing, 3-1, Côte d'Ivoire scored four unanswered goals before Morocco scored to make for a very tense final two minutes, but they held on for the 5-4 win.

Morocco will now play Nigeria in the third place match tomorrow, before Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire compete in the final.