Egypt s right back Ahmed Elahmar shoots during the men s preliminary round group B handball match between Egypt and Bahrain of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on August 1, 2021. AFP
Egypt’s handball icon Ahmed El-Ahmar said on Sunday that the Pharaohs do not fear any opponents as they are on a quest for an Olympic medal.
Egypt will take on Germany in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Olympic Games on Tuesday.
They finished second in their group with eight points, on level with leaders Denmark and third placed Sweden, with the Danes topping the group due to their better goal difference.
The Pharaohs’ best performance at the Olympics was when got sixth place in Atlanta in 1996.
“If you want to go for a medal, you’re going to face the toughest opponents,” El-Ahmar told Reuters on Sunday, hours after helping the Pharaohs beat Bahrain 30-20 in the final day of the Group Stage.
“Our mission against Germany will not be easy, but we are ready for any opponents,” the Egyptian right back told the DPA.
“We have a good knowledge of the German side, as we faced them in a friendly just ahead of the Olympics.”
“We lost in the friendly, but in Tokyo, I think it will be different,” he said.
The 37-year-old Zamalek player, who made his fourth appearance at the Olympics, is likely to end his international career after this Olympics and has been dreaming of winning an Olympic medal beforehand.
“This will be my last Olympics... I’m looking forward to ending it on a high note,” he concluded.
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