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HANDBALL: Egypt claim victory in African Cup of Nations opener
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 Nigeria on Friday at 19:00 CLT.
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.