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HANDBALL: Egypt cruise past Nigeria to win second group game

Egypt Handball 2016

Photo: 2016 African Cup of Nations website

The Egyptian national handball team beat comfortably 34-20 to boost their chances of qualifying through their group in the 2016 Cup of Nations.

The first interval started brightly for the Egyptians who showed their clear dominance from the start outscoring the Nigerian in the first 5 minutes, with Ahmed El-Ahmar proving influential.

The Nigerians had other ideas however, sticking with the Egyptians despite the clear difference between both sides.

A rocket shot by ’s Ali Zain swung the momentum back to and after a late triple goal surge by Egyptian star El-Ahmar led at the break 16-9.

The second started exactly like the first ended with Egypt bursting into numerous goal scoring positions and pegging Nigeria back, at one point the Egyptians led 22-10 with the Nigerians struggling.

Egyptian handball keeper Katonga was again unbelievably impressive through the second interval, although the Egyptians were clearly comfortable throughout, the keeper made a highlight double save to ensure the Egyptians have it all their own way. One last burst from the Egyptians in the last four minutes concluded a well-deserved win.

Other results:

Group A

The win leaves Egypt in first place ahead of Morocco on goal difference after they beat Cameroon narrowly 26-24, while Cameroon are back in third place.

Group B

Joint-leaders Angola, Congo and Tunisia all recorded their second wins of the tournament. They beat Libya, Kenya and DR Congo respectively, and are only separated by goal difference.

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