With stylish and showy sides brimming with talent, both Cameroon and Nigeria pulled the necessary results on Thursday 29 September in the semi-final round in Durban to book their places at the global beach soccer showpiece this November .
Both outfits were made to sweat it out in their crucial matches, with the two contests going down to the wire. The Nigerians narrowly edged out West African up-and-comers Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 in a penalty shootout after regulation ended tangled a 5-5. With the Ivorians leading 5-4, it took an equaliser from Nigeria's Agu just 28 second from time to push the Super Eagles into the penalty shootout.
Cameroon, for their part, were able to win their contest in regulation time, but only just. After trailing for large portions of the match, Cameroonian starlet Bikoue scored two crucial goals in the last five minutes to seal the deal for the Indomitable Lions.
The two old rivals will meet on Saturday to decide who will be crowned African Beach Soccer champions for 2006. But with both nations already assured of a place at the big show in Rio, it' time for a joint celebration.