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Sand Eagles skipper Isiaka Olawale has attributed the team’s defeat by Switzerland in the COPA Lagos Beach Soccer tournament to fatigue.

The Nigerian side lost 8-3 to Switzerland at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island on Sunday.

“We left our Badagry camp hotel for Eko Hotel about four hours to the match after our training.

“We were tired. We ought to have left the Badagry camp on Friday but we were unable to leave until Sunday, the day of the match.

“’This is not a confirmation that we are not ready for the CAF Beach Soccer tournament.

“For us, that is the main competition, we will focus on that now,’’ the captain said.

Olawale told NAN that his teammates were in top form.

“For any team to judge us based on our defeat on Sunday, it will be a shock to whoever underrates us,’’ Olawale said.

Also, the team’s goalkeeper, Golden Tase says the squad is prepared for the task at hand.

“Sunday’s match was just a temporary setback; we will come back better and stronger.

“Our match against Egypt will be worth the time of our fans. Our focus is to qualify for World Cup,’’ he said.

The CAF Beach Soccer tournament is scheduled to kick off on 13 December and ends on the 18th at the Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 9th edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer tournament will hold in Bahamas from April 27 to May 7, 2017.