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HANDBALL: Egypt claim victory in African Cup of Nations opener

Posted on January 21, 2016

Photo: 2016 African Cup of Nations website

The national team defeated rivals Algeria in their first match of the 2016 African Cup of Nations in Cairo, .

The first interval was a riveting contest, with defending champions Algeria coming back from a goal down to tie the score no less than five times in the opening minutes, as the hosts missed two penalties.

Nevertheless, when Mohamed Sanad scored to make it 7-6, the Pharaohs did not look back and led for the remainder of the match en-route to victory.

Goalkeeper Karim ‘Katonga’ Hendawy’s heroics ensured Egypt finished the first half leading 11-7.

Egypt broke the 20-point barrier with 12 minutes to go, and rode out a late surge from the Algerians to emerge as 22-18 winners.

The win leaves Egypt in third place in Group A, behind Cameroon and Morocco respectively on goal difference.

The Pharaohs’ next game will be against on Friday at 19:00 CLT.

Other results:

Group A leaders Cameroon defeated Nigeria 24-16, in what was ultimately a comfortable victory. Morocco also emerged victorious against Gabon 29-23.

In Group B, Angola took full control of their first game and defeated Kenya 42-16. Tunisia, the record holders of nine African Cups, beat Libya 30-18, before DR Congo edged Congo-Brazzaville 29-30.


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