11TH All African Games begin today in Congo Brazaville.

The 11th All African Games will officially get underway in Brazzaville, Congo with the traditional   opening ceremony at the 60,000-capacity Stade Municipal de Kintele in Brazzaville today.

Battle for medals started yesterday with badminton, boxing, fencing, and volleyball athletes on duty in the competition in which athletes from 53 countries are vying for honours alongside their Central African hosts in 22 sports.

South Africa won the last edition of the Games in Maputo, Mozambique four years ago – and are favourites for the top spot in Brazzaville. Nigeria came third at Maputo 2011 and will look to overhaul the South Africans who won the 1995 and 1999 Games.

Egypt, who have won the 50-year-old competition more than any other country, are also favourites for the crown alongside Kenya, Tunisia and Algeria.

Nigeria male football team who are drawn in Group B alongside holders Ghana, and Senegal, open their Brazzaville 2015 campaign against the Ghanaians on September 9 after the withdrawal of Egypt in the group while hosts Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso will fight for the two automatic tickets in Group A

Meanwhile, after their failure to qualify for the women’s football event of Maputo 2011, the Super Falcons will be out to make a strong statement by winning the title for the third time at Brazzaville 2015 drawn against hosts Congo, Tanzania and Ivory Coast in Group A.

Cameroon, who are housed in Group B along with Ghana, South Africa, are the defending champions.

Team Nigeria won 10 gold, six silver and five bronze to rule Maputo 2011.

The Games end on September 19.

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