By James Agberebi at Eko Atlantic Beach Lagos:
Ghana's Black Sharks' poor run at this year's Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations continued as they lost 8-4 to Madagascar in the tourmlnament's playoff on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.comreports.
It is the Black Sharks' fourth straight defeat at the Beach AFCON after losing all their three previous group games.
For Madagascar, it is their second win of the tourney.
Black Sharks' performance was a far cry from what they put up against the Sand Eagles on Thursday.
Madagascar went in front as early as the third minute in the first period, but the Black Sharks hit back right from the kick-off through Kofi Aziz.
With four minutes remaining, Richard Marcel restored Madagascar's lead to end the first period 2-1 in favour of the Island country.
In the second period, Madagascar had the upper hand and scored two quick goals in the seventh and eighth minute through Andrianambinina Ruffin and Francegal Toky to make it 4-1.
The Black Sharks reduced the deficit thanks to Kwadzo Kumensah three minutes to the end before Flavien extended Madagascar's lead to 5-2 few seconds to the end of the second period.
The third period saw the Black Sharks trying l to stage a fightback with Alexander Adjei scoring two goals but goals from Toky, Tovonay Pierralit and Regis Enidiel secured the win for Madagascar.