President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised on Tuesday Egypt’s U-19 handball team's global achievement of winning the World Championship title for the first time - Press photo
CAIRO – 20 August 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi praised Egypt’s U-19 handball team's global achievement of winning the World Championship title for the first time after defeating Germany 32-28 in the final in Macedonia.
According to a statement issued by presidency spokesperson Bassam Rady, Sisi granted the team first class sports medals on Tuesday. Prime Minster Mostafa Madbouly attended the meeting.
Sisi said that the handball team strengthened Egypt's position in the international sports arena, adding that the team represents a "role model" for the rest of their generation.
Sisi directed providing all the necessary requirements for Egyptian handball teams of all ages to fully support them to make achievements and prepare them for the upcoming World Championship to be hosted by Egypt in 2021.
Egypt’s U-19 handball team expressed their pride for being honored by President Sisi, affirming that they will continue training hard to achieve more winnings for Egypt.
On August 18, Egypt defeated Germany 32-28 at the 2019 Men's Youth World Handball Championship Final to win the title for the first time in the history. Egyptians dominated the game from the beginning and they ended the first half 19-13. The Egyptian youngsters stopped all German attempts to equalize the score.
Egypt has had an amazing journey at the tournament, having topped their group stage after defeating Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Canada and Hungary. Egypt’s only loss at the competition came against France at the second round of the group stage.
Egypt faced Slovenia at the round of 16 and won the game 30-27 to reach the quarter finals, during which they destroyed Iceland 35-31 to earn a spot at the semi-final where they defeated Portugal.
Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif el-Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fatah Ali Youssef Ahmed, Youssef Alaa el-Din, MazenReda, Mohamed Samir, Mohamed Hossam el-Din, Ziad Ahmed, Ibrahim el-Sayed, Hassan Walid, Saif Hany, Abdel Rahman Mohamed, Mohab Said and Omar Ahmed.