Handball: Tunisia are African Champions

Handball: Tunisia are African Champions

Tunisia won their tenth title after beating Egypt 26–24 in the final of the 2018 African Men’s Handball Championship in Gabon. The game between the two North African teams held at Le Palais des Sports de Libreville saw the Pharaohs take a 15-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.

However, the Eagles of Carthage made a second half comeback to earn a 26-24 victory, wining a record-extending 10th title. They avenged their defeat in the 2016 final, which saw Egypt clinch the title after a tough 21-19 win over their North African rivals.

On their way to the final in Gabon, Egypt defeated Morocco, Angola, Nigeria and DR Congo in the group stage before knocking out Congo at the quarter-final. They secured their spot in the final after another victory over the Atlas Lions.

Tunisia, on the other hand, drew with Algeria and defeated Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo in the group stage. They then faced DR Congo and Angola in the quarters and semis, respectively.

Earlier in the evening Angola secured the bronze medal by defeating Morocco 29-26.

Two matches earlier in the day saw the host’s secure fifth place with a 24-23 win over Algeria, and Congo take seventh place with a 24-23 win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The top three teams; Tunisia, Egypt and Angola secured their qualification for the World Handball Championship set to be held in both Denmark and Germany in January 2019.

This event acted as the African qualifying tournament for the 2019 Men’s World Handball Championship that will be held in Denmark and Germany.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Men Handball team finished last at the Africa Handball Nations Cup. The Nigerian team lost to Cameroun 27-19 in their last game.

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