The first day of the Egyptian men’s national goalball league has concluded. The team from Minya defeated Almaany 10 – 0 in the first game of the competition. The second game saw the team from Hira lose to Banha 15 – 7. Banha managed to come back and win their second game, defeating Minya. The fourth game saw Hira beat Almaany 7 – 2.
Club competition offers yet another opportunity for national team players to continue their development on a domestic level. Wednesday, the updated global rankings for goalball were published. Egypt’s men’s team moved up eleven spots, from 29th to 18th. Also on Wednesday, International Blind Sports Association published the 2015 IBSA World Games goalball pools. Egypt was drawn in Pool A with Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Germany, South Korea, and Mexico. If Egypt does well, it could assist them in qualifying for the 2016 Summer Paralympics should they not merge from the African Goalball Championships as victors.
Egyptians have been very successful at goalball in the past. The team claimed silver at the 1984 Summer Paralympics. The 1988 Summer Paralympic team won a bronze, and included Ahmed Mamoud Abouzeed, Hussein Mohamed Ahmed, Ahmed Mohamed Aween, El Said Mohamed El Said, Bekhit Gad, and Mohamed Mohamed Sherief. The 1992 Summer Paralympics team included Elsayed Elsayed, Ahmed Ewein, Bekhit Gad, Mostafa Hussein, Ahmed Moustafa, and Hussen Sayed. They too won a bronze medal. Since then, Egypt has not competed at the Paralympics in goalball. Their appearance at the 1980 Summer Paralympics was the only time they competed and did not win a medal.