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Goalball African Championships: What and how to watch

Date: December 5, 2021

Category: Goalball

The 2021 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball African Championships get underway in Cape Coast, Ghana, on Monday (6 December) with a record 10 men’s and women’s teams set to compete.

The competition, which was first held in 2016, will see the debut of hosts Ghana in both the men’s and women’s, Cameroon and Nigeria in the men’s and the Kenyan women’s team.

The medal matches can be watched live at and by clicking here.

As well as the title, teams are also on the hunt for a place at the 2022 IBSA Goalball World Championships taking place in June next year.

Algeria are the undisputed regional champions in both competitions, having won all three editions so far.

The Algerian men are fresh from an appearance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, having qualified at the last African Championships in 2020.

Samir Belhouchat is expected to star in their attack once again. He returns to the court as a top five scorer from the Paralympics with 18 goals. His teammates Firas Bentria, Imad Eddine Godmane, Abdelhalim Larbi and Omar Mebarki also remain unchanged.

Despite securing a spot by claiming the last African title, the Algerian women did not make the journey to Japan for Tokyo 2020. But the side will return at Cape Coast 2021.

Egypt took Algeria’s Paralympic place in the summer as the silver medallists from the last African Championships. Having made history as the only other African women’s side to play at a Paralympics, the team are sending a completely new roster of players to undergo classification.

Algeria meanwhile are also trying to revamp their squad. They have put forward four new players but Bakhta Benallou and Saida Bourouba are charged with leading the refreshed line-up forward as established goalballers.

Hosts Ghana are hoping for a good performance in both the men’s and women’s. Kenya round-off the women’s competition, bringing the participating countries to four. Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria are the other sides in the men’s.

The number of new players across all teams is expected to make Cape Coast and incredibly exciting competition as teams look to make their mark. The opening game will be between Kenya and Egypt in the men’s at 08:30am local time on Monday.

The 2021 IBSA Goalball African Championships round-off the major event calendar for the year, and is a qualifier for the 2022 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Hangzhou, China in June.

Game schedule

Country Country Date Local time M or F
Kenya Egypt 12/06/2021 08:30 M
Cameroon Algeria 12/06/2021 09:45 M
Algeria Egypt 12/06/2021 11:00 F
Kenya Ghana 12/06/2021 12:15 F
Nigeria Ghana 12/06/2021 13:30 M
Kenya Cameroon 12/06/2021 14:45 M
Egypt Kenya 12/06/2021 16:00 F
Ghana Algeria 12/07/2021 08:30 M
Ghana Algeria 12/07/2021 09:45 F
Ghana Cameroon 12/07/2021 14:30 M
Egypt Nigeria 12/07/2021 15:45 M
Egypt Ghana 12/07/2021 17:00 F
Algeria Kenya 12/07/2021 18:15 F
Algeria Egypt 12/07/2021 19:30 M
Nigeria Kenya 12/08/2021 08:30 M
Egypt Cameroon 12/08/2021 09:45 M
Kenya Ghana 12/08/2021 11:00 M
Kenya Egypt 12/08/2021 12:15 F
Algeria Nigeria 12/08/2021 13:30 M
Egypt Ghana 12/08/2021 14:45 M
Ghana Kenya 12/08/2021 16:00 F
Egypt Algeria 12/08/2021 17:15 F
Algeria Ghana 12/09/2021 08:30 F
Algeria Kenya 12/09/2021 09:45 M
Cameroon Nigeria 12/09/2021 11:11 M
Kenya Algeria 12/09/2021 12:15 F
Ghana Egypt 12/09/2021 13:30 F
Semi 1 1/4 12/09/2021 14:45 M
Semi 2 2/3 12/09/2021 16:00 M
Place 5/6 Place 5/6 12/09/2021 17:15 M
Semi/Bronze 12/10/2021 14:15 F
Bronze 12/10/2021 15:30 M
Gold 12/10/2021 16:45 F
Gold 12/10/2021 18:00 M

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