File photo of Egypt's men handball team during their opening win over Morocco at the African Nations Championship (The African Confederation official website)
Holders Egypt missed out on the chance of winning a second straight African Nations Championship title after losing 26-24 to North African rivals Tunisia in a nail-biting final in Gabon on Saturday.
The Pharaohs led 15-13 at halftime but Tunisia gained the upper hand in the second half, overturning the deficit early on before maintaining their lead for the remainder of the hard-fought game.
Egypt's stars were lethargic after the break, with the exception of left-back Ali Zein who was a constant menace to the Tunisians.
Both sides also met in the 2016 final, with Egypt emerging the winners at home.
Record winners Tunisia took their tally to 10 titles, three ahead of Algeria and four clear of Egypt.
Tunisia and Egypt as well as third-placed Angola have booked their places at next year's World Championship in Denmark.
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