Handball: Egypt delegation returns home after qualifying to Tokyo Olympics

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Mon, 27 Jan 2020 - 08:37 GMT

Handball team - FILE

Handball team - FILE

Egypt's first handball team returns to Cairo on Monday after crowning the African Cup of Nations title over Tunisia, host of the tournament, with a score of 27/23, and booked the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics 2020, under the supervision of Moamen Safa, head of the national team.

The joy spread among the handball team delegation in Tunisia after winning the African title, booking the Tokyo ticket and avoiding participating in the qualifying stage.

The first half ended with Egypt advancing Tunisia with a result in a meeting that saw the superiority of the Pharaohs in a difficult confrontation, especially since it is on the opponent’s land and among their fans.

The handball team qualified for the final by beating Algeria 30/27 in the semi-finals, while the Tunisian national team qualified by beating Angola 39/23 in the same round.

The quarter-finals saw Egypt's handball team beat Gabon 36/17, before defeating Angola 33/26 in their second meeting to qualify for the semi-finals as the first group to face Algeria.

Egypt succeeded in achieving the complete mark in the first round by defeating Guinea 39/22, then Kenya 44/19, and finally the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a score of 28/19.

Previous meetings witnessed the player Wissam Nawar's title of Man of the Match against Guinea, while Mohsen Ramadan won the promising player and he won the title of best in the Kenya match, while Mohamed Mamdouh Hashem won the title of best player in the match between Egypt and Gabon in the quarter-finals before Ahmed Al-Ahmar got the title of the best against Algeria in the semi-finals.

The competition was held with the same system of the World Cup for adults, which was held last year in Denmark and Germany, qualifying 8 teams from the first round to the quarter-finals with direct confrontation points divided into two groups, the heart of qualification to the semi-final through to the final.

The list of players includes: Karim Hindawi, Issam Al-Tayyar, Mohamed Ali for the goalkeeping, and each of Muhammad Sanad, Akram Yousry in the center of the right wing, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Yahya Khaled and Mohsen Ramadan in the right-back center, Ahmed Khairi, Saif Al-Daraa and Ahmed Hisham Al-Sayed in the playmaker center.

Yahya Al-Deraa, Ali Zain and Hassan Kaddah live in the center of the left-back, Omar Bakkar and Ahmed Moamen in the center of the left wing. In the center of the circle, the coach chose 5 players: Ibrahim Al-Masry, Mamdouh Hashem, Wissam Nawar, Ahmed Adel and Khaled Walid, while the mission is headed by Moamen Safa, the treasurer of the Federation.

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