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HANDBALL: Egypt claim victory in African Cup of Nations opener
The Egypt national handball team defeated rivals Algeria in their first match of the 2016 African Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.
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.