Handball: Egypt Wins Seventh Men’s African Championship Title Over Rival Tunisia to Secure Spot to Olympics

Egypt won their seventh title at the 2020 African Men’s Handball Championship. By winning the event, the nation has also qualified to the Olympics. Overall, sixteen nations competed in four groups of four where the top two nations advanced to the second group stage. From there, the top two nations advanced to the semi-finals. The African Men’s Handball Championship was held across three cities in Tunisia from January 16th to January 26th 2020.

As both nations advanced the title of Group A winner came down to 2018 African Championship silver medalist Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A strong first half allowed Egypt to score a 28-19 victory to win the group. Third place went to Guinea as they defeated Kenya 26-17.

Angola went undefeated to top Group B with wins over Nigeria (30-24), Libya (20-19) and Gabon (31-26). Gabon finished second and also advanced to the next round by drawing Libya 22-22 and winning over Nigeria 26-24. Nigeria finished third thanks to a 31-24 win over Libya during the final set of matches.

Defending African champions Tunisia went undefeated in Group C to finish first. The nation won by at least 12 goals in each of their matches. Also advancing to the next round was Cape Verde who after a 33-21 loss to Tunisia won against Cameroon (22-19) and Cote d’Ivoire (29-26). Third place went to Cameroon who scored a 28-19 victory over Cote d’Ivoire during their opening set of matches.

Algeria and Morocco won their first two matches in Group D to advance to the next round. The match to decide the group winner was won by Algeria 33-30. Third place of the group was won by the Republic of Congo who defeated Zambia 37-17 during their final game of the group.

Results between the advancing teams carried over to the second group stage. Angola and Egypt won their first matches in Group I to secure their spots to the semi-finals. In the group deciding match, it was Egypt who won 33-26. DR Congo finished third thanks to a 32-18 victory over Gabon

Similarly, Algeria and Tunisia won their first matches of Group II to advance to the semi-finals. Tunisia continued its undefeated streak at this championship by defeated Algeria 26-22. Third place went to Morocco who secured a 31-25 victory over Cape Verde.

The top two teams in the region, Egypt and Tunisia won their semi-final to set up their third consecutive meeting at the final. Egypt relatively struggled to defeat Algeria 30-27 while Tunisia made a statement by defeating Angola 39-23. That however, did not deter Egypt as the nation would go on to win the tournament 27-23 over Tunisia. Algeria finished third with a 32-27 victory over Angola.

Unqualified nations will have one more opportunity to gain passage to the Olympics, at the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. Due to their performance here both Tunisia and Algeria will compete for the remaining six places to the Olympics.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Tournament
* Egypt

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