File- Ahmed Al Ahmar
CAIRO – 18 August 2019: Veteran handball winger, Ahmed Al Ahmar, sent a clear message to the U19 Egypt’s national team ahead of the clash against Germany at 2019 Men's Youth World Handball Championship Final in North Macedonia.
“Everyone in Egypt is supporting you and god willing you will win the final and bring gold home.” Al Ahmar said in a video posted by the International Handball Federation Twitter account.
The Egyptian team will appear at the competition’s final for the first time in the history and they hope to continue their amazing run in the competition which was concluded on Saturday, having defeated Portugal 41-36.
Al Ahmar added “All handball lovers in Egypt follow the team’s games, they represent something beautiful.”
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 on Wednesday 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 best achievement at the competition came in 2007 and 2011 when the national team finished 5th.
Egypt’s squad consists of: Yasser Mohamed Saif El Din, Omar Ahmed Lotfy, Abdel Fattah 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.