Seychelles Among 5 Candidates to Host 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

Seychelles is among five nations bidding to host the 2023 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, an official said.

The bidding process opened in October and will conclude with the selection of the host in March 2022. Seychelles is bidding along with Colombia, Bahrain, Thailand and UAE.

The chairman of the Seychelles Football Federation, Elvis Chetty, told SNA that “we are very serious in this bid and that is why we have also recruited a top professional in the tournaments bidding field, a man who worked with South Africa’s successful 2010 FIFA world cup bid.”

If Seychelles is successful, the island nation will be seen as one of the premier beach soccer destinations. Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, hosted the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) beach soccer tournament in 2015.

“We are confident that we will be successful in our bid to host the World Cup and if we do get it, it will be huge for Seychelles. We will have international recognition and be in the sporting limelight,” added Chetty.

Earlier this week, the government pledged to support the Federation’s bid to host the tournament which is expected to bring more visibility to the island nation with the worldwide coverage of such event.

The Chairman told SNA that with a successful bid new infrastructure will be needed and a demountable stadium will be built and after the games, it will be sent to La Digue and Praslin, to help develop the sport on those islands.