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Ivory Coast and Niger to play Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series games on August 8-9.

The fourth round of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series (NCCS), supported by Santen, will be held in West Africa. Niger will visit Ivory Coast to play friendly matches on August 8 and 9. These matches will be played on a synthetic grass pitch located within the University of Cocody Abidjan in Abidjan.

African countries which are encountering difficulties in developing blind football have seen their situation complicated with the appearance of COVID-19 and all the consequences it has engendered. This call for project proposals is therefore an opportunity for the two structures which have moreover provided in their annual action plans for the organization of international friendly matches.

In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the games will be conducted under a number of rules. One of them is to divide the people involved into three groups and restrict their contact with other groups.

The goals of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series, supported by Santen grant programme, are:

- to help reactivate blind football worldwide as we move towards a new reality following the global pandemic caused by COVID-19;

- to assist countries to overcome the financial difficulties they may face in returning to international competition;

- to present a positive image of our sport to the world and demonstrate that blind football, with proper health, hygiene and safety protocols and procedures in place, can offer a safe, virus-free environment for visually impaired athletes.

Grants of up to 10,000 US Dollars were available for projects involving air transportation, while projects involving travel by land were eligible for a grant of up to 5,000 US Dollars.

For more information on the International Blind Football Foundation or the Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series please contact

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