Lagos based Beach Soccer Team Gidi Sharks
The annual beach soccer tournament, COPA Lagos, organized by Kinetic Sports has unveiled the first Lagos based beach soccer team – Gidi Sharks. This is the first time in the tournament that local talents will be participating in COPA Lagos 2017, the tournament which is set to hold from the 8th to the 10th of December, 2017 at Eko Atlantic City. 

Gidi Sharks will be making its debut at COPA Lagos 2017 was selected by Swiss beach soccer veteran and FIFA Instructor, Angelo Schirinzi alongside National Beach Soccer Coach, Adamu Ejo. 

The team comprises beach soccer talents from the different parts of Lagos State. They were all selected during a talent scout program sponsored by FCMB, Pepsi, Hero Lager and VisionScape. The selected players, will get the opportunity of a lifetime to play their first match with the European club champion, Arsenal Beach Soccer team. 

The Talent Scout gave an opportunity to find raw talents and give them the chance to express their skills and beach soccer abilities. From Takwa Bay and Badagry, 10 players were selected from each location. From Ojo and Ebute Meta, 11 and 18 players were selected respectively. 

The 50 players were then pruned down to 23 provisional players, who will go through intensive training in a two-week Boot Camp to be facilitated by Swiss beach soccer veteran and FIFA Instructor, Angelo Schirinzi who will coach the players for their first match at COPA Lagos. 

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Gidi Sharks players in Camp
In camp, the first team made up of 10 players who be selected to play Arsenal BSC at COPA Lagos 2017. In an interview, Angelo Schirinzi said, “Nigeria has potential in football and it can be seen at every street corner. We intend to make them professional players.” Samson Adamu, the Managing Director of Kinectic Sport while speaking to reporters recently, said, “We brought in one of the best coaches in the world to scout for players in from different parts of Lagos. 

Beach Soccer is one of the fastest growing sport in the world and we are make an early entry advantage.I believe we have a good number of beach soccer talents, we are a country with a huge passion for soccer and most people have being played soccer on sand from a young age. 

Our goal is to develop a beach soccer league and we are starting with Gidi Sharks, using them as Ambassadors who will develop beach soccer teams in their respectively communities. Every edition of COPA Lagos brings a unique offering and this year’s tops the excitement, not only with the regular feature of sport, music, dance, fashion, fans’ zone and celebrity entertainment but also, the introduction of a Female Celebrity Match and the “Lagos-based” beach soccer team, Gidi Sharks, who will be playing their first match against Arsenal beach soccer team. 

This year’s edition of COPA Lagos promises to be a more engaging and fun filled experience for all. COPA Lagos is proudly sponsored by FCMB, PEPSI, HERO Lager and VisionScape

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