Egypt lost its right wing, Abo El-Fotouh Ahmed, during the match as he received a red card in the first half – Press photo
CAIRO – 27 January 2018: Tunisia defeated Egypt 26-24 in the 2018 African Men's Handball Championship final on Saturday night. Tunisia achieved their 10th title in the competition and their first title since 2012.
Egypt dominated the first half of the game through Ahmed El Ahmar, Ali Zaen and Eslam Hassan, who granted the Egyptians the lead from the start.
However, Egypt then lost their right wing, Abo El-fotouh Ahmed, as he received a red card before the half time after a tough tackle.
Despite the loss of Abo El-fotouh, Egypt managed to win the first half 15-13.
In the second half, Tunisia was the better side, and Egypt manager Marwan Ragab decided to substitute his first choice goalkeeper, Mohamed Essam El Tayar, with Mohamed Ali, who failed to save the Tunisian shots.
Tunisian right wing Osama Hosny shined in the second half and led his team to win the game 26-24.
Gabon hosted the 23rd edition of the tournament between January 17 and January 27, 2018.