The vision of His Excellency Chief Dr. Godswill O. Akpabio – Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria is to turn the State from a pedestrian state to a destination of choice. He has carefully remodelled the State to a major tourists attraction and investors’ haven. Akwa Ibom is now a cynosure of beauty and a major reference point of development in Nigeria. The known development patterns in the country have been concentrated only in state capitals and city centres. This fortunately is not the case in Akwa Ibom state. That is why Ibeno Beach Soccer is such a big deal in Akwa Ibom as people are expected to come from all over the world to be part of the experience.

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[Pix:] Ibeno council boss Hon. Henry Ekpe Nko & Wife, Sampson Adamu, Charles Emmanuel and members of the local organizing committee at Ibeno Beach

A visit by the the Beach Soccer President of Nigeria and CEO Of Kinetic Sports Mr Samson Adamu over the weekend to Ibeno Beach in Mkpanak Ibeno opened a new horizon to realization of the forth-coming tournament in the state.

After a warm welcome of Mr Sampson Adamu at the Akwa Ibom International Airport by the Executive Chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area Honorable Henry Ekpe Nko, his Wife and members of the local organizing committee, a quick visit was made to the beach for assessment.

The Beach Soccer President ( Mr. Samson Adamu) noted that Ibeno Beach had potentials of being bigger than it is and that the initiative of having the Ibeno Beach Soccer tournament will help showcase Ibeno Beach to Nigeria and the rest of the world. He also added that the tournament will boost Ibeno as a tourist attraction centre in the country.

In his speech, the Ibeno Council Boss Honorable Henry Ekpe Nko said that the tournament is packaged to further project the uncommon transformation approach of His Excellency Chief Dr Godswill Akpan through sports to envision a special brand of beach soccer that doubles as an international attraction for selling the rich cultural heritage of the Ibeno and indeed entire Akwa Ibom State.

He also added that this tournament will help to redirect the focus of our youths towards productive ventures, engaging their passion and generating income for them as well as preventing vices that are destructive to the society, economy and organizations operating in the region and also help select and prepare an Ibeno Beach Soccer Team for bigger tournaments within and outside the country. The chairman however called on corporate organizations and individuals to support this tournament.

The team later paid a visit to the Paramount Ruler in Ibeno LGA HRM Owong (Dr) Effiong Bassey Archianga. In his speech, The Royal Father expressed gratitude to the Chairman for this initiative and hinted that the sport if well harnessed in the area would help the Youths discover talents and foster Peace, Unity and progress in the area. He also assured a peaceful, serene atmosphere and security during the tournament.

Ibeno Beach Soccer tournament which will feature 11 home teams and 4 invited (international) teams is an event planned by the Ibeno Local Government Council, Akwa Ibom State to harness the enviable potentials of Beach Soccer to attract media attention and tourists to Ibeno and by extension, Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria; giving a boost to the economy of the sub-region, discovering and exposing creative potentials in our indigenes and engaging the youths in a positive venture.

Beach soccer, also known as Beach Football or Beasal, is a variant of Association Football played on a beach or some form of sand. The game emphasizes skill, agility and shooting at goal.

Each team consists of five players, including the goalkeeper and an unlimited amount of substitutions, from a selection of 3 to 5 players. Throw-ins and kick-ins mean the pace and flow of the game is much higher than regular association football. Shoes are not allowed, although ankle guards are permitted. Goal kicks are taken by the goalkeeper using his hands to throw the ball.


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