Egyptian handball team - FILE
CAIRO –17 January 2018: Egyptian Handball team qualified for the second stage of the 2019 World Cup after defeating Angola 33-28. Egypt did an achievement which hasn't happened since 2001.
Egypt dominated the first half to end it 19-12 before keeping everything as it is till the last two minutes when Angola reduced the gap to five goals.
However, Egypt raised its record points to five in the third place to qualify for the second stage in a group includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Hungary and the winner from Tunisia and Austria.
The second stage divided into two groups; the first two positions in each group qualify for the semi-final. The third and fourth places of each group play a match to decide the World Cup's Fifth and Sixth places respectively.
Now, Egypt is among the top 12 teams in the World Cup as the best achieved position since 2001 when the Pharaohs placed fourth.
The Pharaohs reached the quarter-finals four consecutive times in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001, and since then Egypt hasn't qualified for the quarter-finals.