Teqball at the African Beach Games
The 1st African Beach Teqball Cup was held in Sal in Cape Verde, on Tuesday 18 June, as part of the programme of the 1st African Beach Games. The event was attended by global football superstars Douglas Costa and Simao Sabrosa. The tournament, which consisted of a doubles event, was contested by teams from 14 African nations, highlighting the significant growth and popularity of teqball in the region.
Cameroon’s Hubert Noah Essomba and Gregory Tchami-Djomaha emerged victorious, beating Nigeria’s Thankgod Adindu and Emmanuel Nwabueze 20-10 in the gold medal match. The bronze medal was won by the host nation’s own Ekson da Graca and Rodirley Duarte, who were cheered on by the 2000-strong home crowd.
Prior to the tournament FITEQ achieved official recognition from the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) at its Annual General Assembly. ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf expressed his enthusiasm for teqball, saying "We are delighted to recognise teqball as an official sport and look forward to seeing it continue to be a part of our event programmes in future."