Ghana Black Sharks to face Ivory Coast in Afcon 2017 opener

The national Beach Soccer team, Ghana Black Sharks will kick off their continental campaign against former champions Ivory Coast in the opening group A fixture of Afcon 2016 in Lagos.

The Sharks made it to the tournament after a convincing 17-3 aggregate victory over the Harambee Stars of Kenya.

The Ghanaians who are yet to commence camping ahead of the tournament will be hoping to put up a better performance than they did in their maiden edition in Seychelles.

Ghana seeks to come out of the group of death consisting of host nation Nigeria, North Africa's highest ranked side, Egypt and beach soccer powerhouse Ivory Coast.

To have a realistic chance of making it to the knock out stage, the Black Sharks would first confront Ivory Coast (13th December) before playing Egypt (14th December) before squaring it off with host, Nigeria.

Many regard the Black Sharks as underdogs in the group but coach Daniel Kotey will be hoping to upset the big boys to secure a ticket to the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas.