Today is a big day in blind football as the 2017 IBSA Blind Football African Championships begin in Praia, Cape Verde.
The 2017 championships bring together four teams for the third ever all-African event. Reigning champions Morocco, who won the title in Cameroon in 2015, will be looking to repeat its success, but it will face tough competition from Mali (3rd in 2015), Egypt (6th in Cameroon), and the hosts Cape Verde, who are making their international debut in the sport.
Hosted by the Cape Verde Paralympic Committee at the national football stadium, the championships kick off later today at 13:30 local time (GMT-1) when the defending champions Morocco face Egypt. There will then be a short opening ceremony, followed by the match between Cape Verde and Mali.
Tuesday 24th October
13:30 Egypt v Morocco
17:00 Cape Verde v Mali
Wednesday 25th October
14:00 Mali v Morocco
16:00 Cape Verde v Egypt
Thursday 26th October
14:00 Egypt v Mali
16:00 Cape Verde v Morocco
Friday 27th October
Saturday 28th October
16:00 3rd vs 4th play-off
Sunday 29th October
In addition to the title of African champions for the winner, the top two teams in the championships will also qualify for the 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships
in Madrid, Spain (June 5th-18th).
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Caption: banner for the 2017 IBSA Blind Football African Championships.