Lebanon has been confirmed as the latest team to participate in the 3rd edition of Copa Lagos. Lebanon will make history when they take to the beach on the 13th December for the 3-day tournament they will become the 1st team to be invited for back-to-back Copa Lagos tournaments. Lebanon finished as runners up to Nigeria in Copa Lagos 2012.
Lebanon were hugely popular in Nigeria last year, as a packed Eko Atlantic witnessed the Cedars of Lebanon shock the Beach Soccer community by finishing above 6 times European champions Portugal to claim the runners up trophy. Lebanon edged Portugal in a 9-goal thriller coming out as 5-4 winners at Copa Lagos 2012. Defending Champions Nigeria only narrowly overcame Lebanon at last year’s Copa Lagos, in what many described as the match of the tournament; Nigeria beat Lebanon 7-6 thanks to a last gasp Tale penalty.
The tournament, which has FCMB as one of its presenting sponsors is beginning to take full, shape with all teams confirmed (Nigeria, Russia, Germany & Lebanon).
Commenting on Lebanon’s inclusion for Copa Lagos 2013 Kinetic Sports Media Officer, Steven Apampa had this to say:
“We had to invite Lebanon back! The crowd loved watching them play, they are a very exciting team, and their matches produce goals galore. Lebanon narrowly missed out on becoming the 1st team other than Nigeria to win Copa Lagos, I am sure they will want to settle that old score! We have had a lot of messages from our fans asking for Lebanon, so we have delivered on our promise to our fans. We look forward to Nigeria v Lebanon the rematch”