Ghana’s beach soccer team, the Black Sharks, began their campaign at the 2016 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations on a poor note after going 5-0 down to La Cote d’Ivoire.
The two sides opened their campaign at the Eko Atlantic in Lagos, Nigeria.
The two neighbouring countries slugged it out in the first group game but it was the Ivorians who emerged stronger.
Ghana’s next Group A opponents Egypt also lost 2-3 to host Nigeria on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The two play on Wednesday.
The two top teams in the group will advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament, which is scheduled to end on Sunday.
On Monday, African champions Madagascar began a defense of their title in Group B with a 9-5 win over Libya.
Former Champions Senegal also beat Morocco 2-1 in the other group game.
The winner and runner-up of the tournament will represent the continent at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas.