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HANDBALL: Egypt smash Gabon to secure their fourth successive win
Egypt continued to stretch their lead of group A in the African Handball Championships held in Egypt as they beat Gabon 31-16.
The Pharaohs team list is made up of:
Karrem Hendawy, Mahmoud Khalil, Ahmed El hmar, Mohamed Alaa, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Mamdouh Taha, Ahmed Alaa, Ali Zein, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Bassyoni, Islam Hassan, Mohamed Sanad, Ibrahim El Masry, Mohamed Ibrahim, Mohamed Hisham and Wisam Sami.
Egypt didn’t start the game as usual with Gabon playing defensively and Egypt only leading 2-1 after five minutes.
However, the Egyptian side managed stretch their lead to four goals after 15 minutes and Gabon tried to narrow the lead but the first half ended 13-7.
The Egyptians continued their impressive performance in the second half as they started with an early goal increasing the lead to seven goals.
After two more goals from Gabon, Egypt’s Mohamed Ibrahim’s scored more goals to increase the lead.
Egyptian managed to run away with the game as numerous goals manged to find Gabon’s net and Ahmed El Ahmar’s goal increased the difference to ten.
Midway through the second half Egyptian player Ali Zaid collided with a Gabonese player and could not continue so was subbed off.
Five minutes before the end, Egypt’s advantage was increased to 14 goals and Gabon scored two late goals but Islam Hassan and Wisam cancelled the two goals out in the final minutes with the game ending 31-16 to Egypt.
Egypt now lead group A with eight points after their fourth successive win, while Algeria and Morocco are in the second place with six points, Nigeria in fourth with two points and Gabon still rock bottom of the group with no points.
Egypt face Morocco tomorrow in the last game of the group stage with both teams already qualified to the next stage.