Egypt drawn into tough group at 2019 Handball World Championships
Egypt will be participating in their 14th straight World Championships after finishing in second place at the 2018 African Championship last January. The Pharaohs’ highest finish ever at the World Championships came in 2001 when they finished in fourth place.
Egypt’s group consists of three teams that they faced in the 2017 edition of the competition: Sweden, Qatar, and Argentina. Egypt beat Qatar in their opening match 22-20, before beating Argentina 31-26 in their fourth match and losing to Sweden 26-33 in the final group stage match. The team qualified to the Round of 16 but lost to Croatia 21-19 and ultimately finished the competition in 13th place as the highest ranked African team.
Sweden, who were quarter-finalists in 2017, qualified to the tournament after finishing in second place at the 2018 European Championship. Hungary, who were also quarter-finalists in the previous edition, qualified through the European playoffs. Qatar qualified to the competition after winning the 2018 Asian Championship and finished in eighth place last year. Argentina, who qualified after winning the 2018 Pan American Championship, finished in 18th place in 2017. Angola qualified after finishing in third place at the African Championship and finished in last place at the previous edition.
Elsewhere, Africa’s third representative Tunisia were drawn into Group C and will face Saudi Arabia, Chile, Austria, Norway, and Denmark. The competition is co-hosted by Germany and Denmark with Egypt and Angola’s Group D stationed Copenhagen, Denmark and Tunisia’s Group C in Herning, Denmark.
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