HANDBALL: Tables Turn for African Teams After Poor Start at World Men’s Championship

After losing their first two games at the ongoing World Men’s Handball Championship in Denmark and Germany, Tunisia revived their campaign and also confirmed their place in the next round with three crucial wins against Chile (36-30) Saudi Arabia (20-24) and Austria (32-27), totaling 6 points and placed third in Group C behind Co-host Denmark with 10pts and Norway with 8pts.

Only the first three teams in each of the 6 team group progress to the Main Round.

Egypt, who also lost their first two matches of the competition, pulled off a shock win against top favourites Argentina (24-20) before settling for a draw against Hungary (30-30) to move to third position in Group D with 3 points, behind Sweden and Hungary.

It was an all-African affair at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on Thursday when Egypt beat Angola (33-28) in the group’s final round of games.

Egyptian fan cheering his team at the IHF World Men’s Handball Championship

Egypt, who were tied at 3 points with Argentina, have now strengthened their position in the group with a win their win over their continental counterparts to see them qualify for the next round.

Angola, who had the brightest start amongst the three African representatives, were crushed in their third outing by Sweden (37-19) before losing to Argentina (33-26).

Although on the top scorer list, Angola now lead the group from the bottom with 2 points.