Black Sharks qualify for AFCON; but plead for support

The National Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks last Sunday booked their place to their first tournament, Seychelles 2015.

The feat is a historic one, because this is the first time the Ghana Beach Soccer have qualified to any tournament.

The remarkable fairytale story of Ghana’s fastest emerging sport will further provide an opportunity for World Cup qualification to Portugal.

The Black Sharks beat their Ugandan counterpart by a 13-2 margin in the second leg of the AFCON qualifier in Accra.

The victory was not a fluke as captain Michael Sema helped himself to three goals with Alexander Adjei, Francis Kwevi and Matthew Lamptey also contributing to the rampage.

The team’s confidence is clearly growing and the steady improvement match after match makes it interesting to see how the Sharks fare against the top African beach soccer nations like Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Morocco next month.

After successfully clearing one hurdle, the Sharks management immediately announced that the team will camp at home to prepare for the tournament. The massive effort and 22-8 aggregate result has made a strong case for a so called lesser known sport.

There are already hints of a qualification reward for the players to encourage other emerging sports and also to back up President Mahama’s pledge of more support for non-traditional sports with potential.

The team’s first leg trip to Uganda was salvaged at the last minute by an SOS call on President Mahama who became aware of the Sharks desperate plight.

Such an uncommon gesture may likely attract corporate Ghana to also chip in their bit as already evidenced by CAL Bank’s steady investment in beach soccer since 2011.