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Football: Togo's First National Maracana Championship kicks off

Maracana Championship Togo - The First National Maracana Championship kicked off in Togo over the weekend with 23 teams participating in the budding sport, PANA reported Monday.

The Togolese Maracana Federation (FETOMA) said the tournament would be held in two phases, with the first stage a preliminary.

FETOMA said the tournament is being organised to discover talents that could strengthen Togo's national maracana team which, since 2012, has won the tournament at the African level.

In 2012, at the first maracana African Cup of Nations in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Togo won the competition in the senior category (35 years and more) and finished second in the veteran category (45 years and more).

The second edition of the African tournament was held in Benin, with Togo emerging winner in in the veteran category and second in the senior category.

PANA reports that maracana is a six-a-side football game played on a pitch smaller than the normal football field. It is played in two halves of 10 minutes each.

The sport was introduced in 1987 in Togo by Togolese students living in Cote d'Ivoire.

According to the rules of the game, no match ends in a draw, as penalties are used to determine the winner of drawn games.

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