Sat, Dec


National beach soccer goalkeeper, Zane Coker, is carded to make his debut for Suzuki Swiss Beach Soccer League outfit, BSC Bienne Hatchets, today, in the club’s last match before the league takes a break for this month’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Coker, 25, who already trained with the club since his arrival, was officially presented to the fans and public on Thursday. He is the third national player to secure a professional beach soccer contract in Europe, following Chad Appoo and Dominic Mc Dougall, both of whom played for another Swiss club, Chargers, last year.

Coker will be seeking to make a good impression in Basel today as it will be his first and only competitive match until the Beach Soccer World Cup concludes.

The tournament runs from July 9-19. Coker’s contract with the Swiss Beach Soccer League club will expire when the tournament ends in September. According to source close to Coker, as part of the arrangement, BSC Bienne Hatchets has agreed to pay for him to attend the World Cup in Portugal.

In addition to the World Cup trip and a salary, the club will also pay for Coker’s accommodation, transport, meals and bonuses which may depend on the club’s success this season. The source added that Coker will attempt to seal a contract with an Italian club for its league, which runs following the Swiss league.

Coker joins a club which played and lost its opening three matches, scoring 12 goals and conceding 24. The club sits joint last. The Suzuki Swiss Beach Soccer League is among the most recognised beach soccer leagues and is popular for its attraction of national players from around the world.