Slow start for African teams at World Men’s Handball Ch’ship

Slow start for African teams at World Men’s Handball Ch’ship

African representatives have not been impressive at the ongoing World Men’s Handball Championship which began in Denmark and Germany on January 10.

Egypt, Tunisia and Angola, who are the three teams that qualified from the continent, recorded diverse fortunes in their opening group games.

Tunisia, who are paired in Group C against co-host Denmark, Norway, Austria, Chile and Saudi Arabia, are currently stuck in 5th position after losing their first two games: to Norway (24-34) and to Denmark (36-22).

The Carthage Eagles will take on Chile on Monday and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Only the first three teams of each group progress to the Main Round.

Angola and Egypt are in Group D alongside Sweden, Hungary, Argentina and Qatar.

Angola are second placed in the group with 2 points after winning their first and only match played so far against Qatar (24-23). They will meet Hungary on Sunday for their second outing.

Egypt fell to Sweden (24-27) in their first game and are currently bottom placed in the group. However, they could revive their campaign with a win over Qatar on Sunday in their second game of the tournament.

Tunisia reached the semi-finals of the 2005 edition which they hosted while Egypt made that feat in 2001.

Angola are hoping to do better than in the previous edition in 2017 when they lost all five group matches, conceding 191 goals, the worst record at the tournament.

The 2019 World Men’s Handball Championship will end on January 27.


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