Egypt s Ali Mohamed makes a shot during the men s quarterfinal handball match between Germany and Egypt at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. AP
The fairytale journey of Egypt's men handball team at the Olympic Games faces a stern test against France in Thursday's semi-final, with a historic place in the final at stake.
Egypt became the first African side to reach the last four when they claimed an impressive 31-26 win over Germany in the quarter-final
The form they displayed against Germany gives them every reason to believe they can cause a huge upset and overcome France, who are looking to become the first side to reach four consecutive finals.
"Our mission against France will be very difficult but not impossible," Egypt's coach Roberto García Parrondo told beIN sports on Tuesday.
"We have a good chance to reach the final if we play against France in the same way we played against Germany."
Egypt's campaign has been impressive. They tasted one defeat in the group stage, which came against world champions Denmark, and won four games.
They dominated their quarter-final clash against Germany from the outset to continue their superb run.
'' Our performance in the last World championship and this Olympics confirm that we are capable of competing with the world's heavyweights," Egypt star Yehya Khaled told reporters on Tuesday.
"We are ready for France and we are determined to produce a good display."
Egypt have never beaten France. In 2001, Egypt tasted a painful loss to France in the semi-final of the World Championship.
Twenty years on, the Pharaohs will have a chance for revenge.
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