Egypt beats Morocco, will face Congo in quarter final of African Cup of Nations

CAIRO: The Egyptian national handball team maintained its place at the summit of Group A in the 2016 African Cup of Nations after an easy win over Morocco 31-13 Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Tuesday’s win is Egypt’s fifth in a row after defeating title holder Algeria 22-18 at the tournament opener, 30-20 over Cameroon, 34-20 over Nigeria, and 31-16 over Gabon.

The Pharaohs are scheduled to face Congo, which finished fourth in Group B, in the quarter-finals Wednesday.

The cup is 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, participate in the tournament.

This is the first time Egypt is hosting an international tournament since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

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