Handball: Egypt claim 8th African Championship title after record win over Cape Verde

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Jul 2022

Egypt beat Cape Verde 37-12 on Monday in Cairo to claim their eighth African Championship title — their second in a row.

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The hosts achieved a new scoring record in the final after scoring 37 goals breaking their own record of 31 goals in 2004.

Egypt's Omar El Wakeel won the Man of the Match Award after an outstanding performance in the final.

The Pharaohs, who were already overwhelming favourites, had a large advantage of 24-12 at the break against their rivals, who have already created history.

Surprise package Cape Verde made it to the final for the first time in their history after beating Morocco in the semis to become the first team not from North Africa to reach the final game.

In their debut in the 2020 edition, they finished fifth in the competition that took place in Tunisia.

On the other hand, Egypt kicked off their with a 40-27 win over Cameroon before beating Morocco 36-21 to top Group A with the maximum four points.

They then beat Algeria 34-19 in the quarters before earning a hard-fought 29-27 win against traditional rivals and record titleholders Tunisia.

Morocco finished third after beating Tunisia 28-24 in the bronze medal contest.

Yehia Khaled of Egypt won the Most Valuable Player of the tournament Award.

Egypt, now with 8 titles, are slowly but surely closing the gap with 10-time champions Tunisia. They could even get closer in 2024, given that Egypt will be hosting the upcoming edition.

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