CAIRO: The 22nd edition of the African Handball Cup of Nations will kick off in Cairo Thursday.
The opening ceremony of the tournament will take place in Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex, followed by the opening match between Egypt and Algeria scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
The cup acts as the African qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. The top three teams will qualify for the World Cup in France Jan 11-29, 2017.
Twelve national teams, in two groups, will participate in the tournament.
Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Gabon, Nigeria, and Cameroon’s national teams are in group A while Tunisia, Libya, Congo, DR Congo, Angola, and Kenya’s national teams are in group B.
Tunisia holds nine titles of the African Handball Cup of Nations. Egypt has held the title five times and Algeria seven times.
This is the first time that Egypt will host an international tournament since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.