CAIRO: The Egyptian national handball team topped its group at the African Men’s Handball Championship after defeating Nigeria 34-20 Friday, Youm7 reported.
From the start, the Egyptian team showed their full dominance ending the first half by an easy win 16-9. At one point at the second half, Egyptian team led 22-10.
The Friday win puts Egypt in first place ahead of Morocco while Cameroon are back in third place.
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 Egypt hosts an international tournament since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.