2017 FIFA Beach Soccer WC: Nigeria in 'make or mar' match against Iran (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)

Nassau, Bahamas (PANA) - Nigeria, languishing in third place at the ongoing 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas, faces second-placed Iran on Monday in a final Group B match which will determine its fate in the competition.

With 2 points earned after beating Mexico 5-4 in extra time on Saturday, the Nigerians must beat Iran to book a quarter-final ticket.

The two-time African champions (in 2007 and 2009) began their campaign in Bahamas on a very shaky note, losing 6-12 on Thursday to Italy. They therefore have no choice at this point but to beat Iran to progress.

If they win in regulation time, they will emerge second in that group with 5 points and this will be enough for them to remain in contention.

The other Group B match is between Group B leaders Italy and Mexico.

Senegal, the second African nation in the competition, is already through to the quarter-finals from Group A, thanks to its 9-0 win over Ecuador and the 10-1 defeat of the host nation, Bahamas.

With four titles in Africa (2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016), Senegal has left no one in doubt about its intention in Bahamas to be the first African nation which will win the FIFA Cup.

Their Day 3 match against second-placed Switzerland is therefore a formality match as a win or loss will not affect their progress.

Bahamas and Ecuador, the other teams in that group, have not earned any points in the two matches already played and have been eliminated even with Day 3 matches still to be played.
-0- PANA VAO/MA 1May2017

01 may 2017 06:26:00

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