Handball: Egypt aim to go as far as possible at World Championship

Ahram Online , Thursday 10 Jan 2019


Egypt's handball team will be looking to go one better than 2017 when they open their World Championship campaign in Germany and Denmark on Friday.

The Pharaohs reached the round of 16 two years ago before losing to Croatia 19-21 in a tight clash.

The Egyptian team has the right to dream of more success this time given the good preparations the team has been undertaking.

With the modifications in the competition's format, the Pharaohs' mission will not be easy this time, but they are determined to go as far as possible in the world tournament.

In the past editions, the first four teams in each group would advance to the knockout stage, but this time only the first three will go through.

Consequently, the Pharaohs will be desperate to book one of the three qualifying tickets in their tough group.

Egypt were drawn in Group D along with Sweden, Qatar, Argentina, Hungary and Angola.

They will start this campaign with a tough clash against Sweden on Friday, before meeting Qatar on Sunday.

One day later they will face Argentina before taking on Hungary on Wednesday.

Thursday will mark the end of the Pharaohs' group stage campaign as they will face the fellow African country Angola.

Egypt faced three opponents in their current group in the 2017 World Championship.

They defeated the multinational Qatari side 22-20, before claiming an easy 31-26 win over Argentina, but they lost to Sweden 33-26.

The Pharaohs have a good chance to advance to the second round, but they have to fight fiercely against Sweden, Qatar, Argentina and Hungary.

Angola's chances in this group seems impossible with the presence of 2018 European championship runner-up Sweden and Hungary, who finished seventh in the 2017 World Championship.

"We were drawn in a tough group, but I am confident that we will advance to the next round," Pharaohs assistant coach Hussein Zaki told local media before heading to Denmark.

"We are well prepared for this tournament and I promise all Egyptians that we will do our best to perform well in the world tournament and to go as far as possible in the competition," the team's skipper Ahmed Al-Ahmar concluded.

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