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HANDBALL: Egypt edge rivals Tunisia in thriller to win AFCON, qualify for Olympics

Posted on January 30, 2016
Egypt handball champions

Photo: Egy 2016 Facebook

The Egyptian national handball team defeated their long-time rivals 21-19 to win the Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.

In what was a highly-competitive and thrilling game of handball both teams started with defensive stability in mind and the first five minutes were all tactical with leading 6-5.

The match took a turn after that with both teams trying to attack without hesitance. Tunisia took advantage of the constant Egyptian mistakes to lead for the first time in the game with their centre-back Abdelhak Ben Salah performing impressively. The half ended with Tunisia leading 10-9.

The second half was arguably the best half of handball we’ve seen in the whole tournament. Both teams were electrifying with Egypt in particular keen to take back the lead.

Egypt looked to their star man Ahmed El-Ahmar to save them and he responded with brilliant goals in the last 15 minutes to regain the lead for Egypt.

However, he wasn’t as impressive as Egypt’s substitute keeper Felfel, who turned out to be the Pharaohs’ saviour by producing numerous brilliant saves from one on one situations and ensured they kept a two-goal lead with four minutes to go.

The tension was unbearable for the 30,000 Egyptian supporters in the stadium as they watched their side cling on for the final two minutes with a two-goal lead and Tunisia in possession.

Tunisia’s captain Isam Tej missed his shot as the stadium erupted knowing very well there was no time for Tunisia to score as the game ended 21-19.

The win ensures the Egyptians qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer as well as the Handball World Cup, which they had qualified to after defeating Angola in the semi-finals. Tunisia however will also qualify for the World Cup but will not make the final cut for the Olympics.


  1. Kareem Nehdi

    January 31, 2016 at 2:00 AM

    The game was so biased to Egypt, I hope Egypt get’s kicked out of all handball competitions, the international handball Governor is investing this unfair game. Abdel Fatah Sisi is cheater, so are Egyptians.

  2. Mohamed

    February 1, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    Save these bull shit comments to yourself. The game was refereed by Russian referees. They are obviously neutral. They don’t really give a shit who wins it. We all look alike to them, so get a grip and shut the fuck up. Send your congratulations to the Egyptian handball association, they deserve, and learn to accept losses. After all, it’s just a stupid meaningless game.

    • ahmed

      February 2, 2016 at 1:26 AM

      You are right man. BTW, I witnessed any game in any sport where Egypt won against Algeria, Tunisia or Morocco where they did not come after the game to whine about the arbitration being biased. Not a single time in my life. They cant ever just lose a game in general and specially to Egypt without finding excuses and accusing the counter part of being a cheater or something of the sort. Grow a pair, shut the fuck up and lose like men. The first game against Algeria I also witnessed the same type of comments from them as if they we supposed to win the game or something, ended up not even on the podium, but its never their fault…the arbitration ;(

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