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HANDBALL: Egypt thrash Congo in African Championship quarter-final
The Egyptian national handball team continued their formidable run in the African championship on Wednesday by defeating Congo 39-18, making it six wins out of six.
Bolstered by the return of left-back Ali Zein who’d picked up a knock against Gabon, a fresher Egypt side swept past the Congolese in Cairo, finishing the first half 19-6.
The second half saw the introduction of handball legend and birthday boy Ahmed El-Ahmar; the Zamalek man was able to heap more misery on the opposition, scoring an astounding six goals, and ensuring Egypt’s progression.
The semi-finals will see Marwan Ragab’s men face Angola, who defeated Morocco 22-21; the other semi-final will be contested between Algeria and Tunisia. The North African neighours have an astounding 16 titles between them, contesting the previous two finals of the competition in 2012 and 2014.
Egypt coach Marwan Ragab praised the Angolans after the game, warning his players about the threat posed by the one-time bronze medalists.
“Angola are a really tough side, they had a training camp in Portugal prior to the tournament – their performance against Tunisia [23-21 loss] emphasises that point,” he stated after the game.
“We shouldn’t compare ourselves to Tunisia.”
The semi-finals are set to be played on the 29th of January, with the final being contested one day later.