File - Morocco lost the opening game to Algeria
CAIRO-15 January 2021: Morocco head coach Noureddine Bouhaddioui spoke after his team's 24-23 loss to rivals, Algeria, in the first round of Group F games of the 27th Men’s Handball World Championship.
"I am depressed with our defeat to Algeria because we were the better side as we dominated during the game,” Bouhaddioui said after the match.
Morocco were leading 15-8 at half time but the Algerians bounced back in the second half to win the match and secure their first victory in the tournament.
Morocco head coach added "We lost three regular players during the game after they were sent off and we lost more chances to score to achieve the victory in the final minutes,”
In the other game of the group, Portugal managed to secure their first victory after defeating Iceland 25-23.
Morocco will face Portugal on Saturday at New Administrative Capital hall while Algeria will face Iceland later on Saturday.
Egypt hosts the competition between 13 and 31 January 2021, with the participation of 32 teams for the first time in the competition's history.