Egypt have won the 2020 CAHB Men’s African Championship, also known as the ‘African Cup of Nations’ (CAN), after defeating North African rivals, and hosts, Tunisia in the final last night 27:23 (15:11).
The final was the clash of the two teams who had won all of their previous six games each in the competition and was the battle between two Spanish coaches – Toni Gerona for Tunisia and Roberto Garcia Parrondo for Egypt.
And on a day which would be historic for Spanish handball, as their team retained the EHF Men’s European Championship, the final was whistled by the Spanish IHF couple of Andreu Marin and Ignacio Garcia Serradilla.
Within 10 minutes of the final starting a packed Salle Couverte de Rades saw Tunisia lead by two (5:3) but Egypt pulled it back (5:5) before going ahead quickly, 8:5, thanks to three fast-breaks, including two strikes into an unguarded net as Tunisia took out their goalkeeper in attack.
From this point onwards though Tunisia struggled to get back in the game as Egypt went 10:6 up and kept a four-goal lead until the break (15:11). By the 43rd minute they were five up (21:16) and the result was never in doubt as the visitors extended their lead to seven a minute later (23:16, 44th minute).
Egypt celebrated wildly at the final whistle and were then later presented with their trophy from the Tunisia Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sonia Ben Cheikh.
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