CAIRO-14 January 2020: Algerian star Messaoud Berkous revealed that he is happy to lead his national team in the competition for the fifth time in his career.
The Algerians are back to participate in the prestigious competition for the first time since 2015 and Berkous aims to represent his nation in the best way possible.
"Our last time taking part was in 2015, and we are excited for the current competition and we want to go far. This is my fifth participation in a world championship, I have to do well and bring Algeria to the place it belongs." Berkous told the official website of the competition.
Algeria handball national team will open their participation in the IHF Men's Handball World Cup on Thursday night when they face rivals, Morocco.
Berkous added "Our group is a difficult one, we play against Morocco today and we need to do really well to go further. There are no 'big' or 'small' teams, all teams are good enough and have ambitions of advancing but we want to be the tournament's surprise package."
Algeria plays in Group F alongside Morocco, Iceland and Portugal.