TZ Athletes eye Africa Beach Games conquest 

A CONTINGENT of 19 athletes leaves aboard Air France to Tunisia today ahead of the African Beach Games.

Once again, beach soccer will be staged at the African Beach Games.

After being one of the featured sports in the inaugural 2019 edition held in Sal, Cape Verde, beach soccer returns to the competitive programme in both men and women’s categories.

Tanzania, according to the Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC) Secretary General Filbert Bayi, will be represented in both Beach Soccer and athletics that will have two runners.

The beach football side has been undergoing intensive training under former national soccer team defender Boniface Pawasa.

All the two sides are in good shape to represent the country at the event.

TOC will today see off the delegation before it flies tomorrow to Tunisia via France.

The African Beach Games will take place in Hammamet, Tunisia, from June 24th to 30th.

More than 1,100 athletes, 500 officials and 300 volunteers will be mobilised, in addition to accompanying staff and technicians.

In 2019, Senegal emerged victorious over Morocco in the final, and Nigeria claimed the bronze medal in the men’s competition, while in the women’s tournament, the hosts Cape Verde won the gold medal by defeating Algeria.

The African Beach Games are qualifiers for the World Beach Games billed for Bali, Indonesia, from 5 to 12 August 2023.

All these competitions will also serve as a springboard for African athletes to prepare for the Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai in December.

The opening ceremony of the competition will coincide with Olympic Day, which African National Olympic Committees will be celebrating together on 23 June.

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