CAIRO: Egypt won the African Handball Cup of Nations after defeating Tunisia 21-19 in a heated game Saturday.
Saturday’s win has secured the Pharaohs’ qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August as well as the Handball World Cup, scheduled to be held in France Jan 11-29, 2017.
The game was held in Cairo Stadium in presence of Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz and over 17,000 Egyptian supporters.
Egypt’s player Ahmed Al Ahmar, who made the difference in the second half, was named the tournament’s top scorer and best player. Before Saturday’s win, Egypt has held the title five times; in 1991, 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
The Egyptian team won all five games in group A, defeated Congo in the quarter finals and title holder Algeria in the semi final.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian volleyball team has also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics after winning the African Olympic Qualifiers which was held in Brazzaville.