Angola defeated Senegal in the final of the 23rd Africa Women’s Handball Championships held in Congo Brazzaville on Wednesday.
The Angola women’s national handball team recorded a 19-14 victory to clinch their 13th title of the competition.
The Pearls, nickname for the team, had a difficult game against Senegal, who dominated the first 30 minutes and led the first half 10-7.
Angola returned from the break with more determination, as the Kassoma Albertina-led side quickly overshadowed Awa N’diaye and Co, levelling the scoreline to 10-10 before powering their lead to an eventual 19-14.
After topping Group B with 8 points, Angola went on to crush Algeria 41-17 in the quarterfinals before handing Cameroon a 25-16 drubbing to book a date in the final with Senegal, who edged Guinea 23-16 and DR Congo 22-21.
The 2018 African Women’s Handball Championships began with 10 teams on December 2.
It is also the African qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Women’s Handball Championship, which will hold in Japan in November.
The winner of the 2018 African Women’s Handball Championships, Angola, runners-up, Senegal and third placed DR Congo, have qualified for next year’s global event.