25th Africa Nations Cup : Morocco defeats Guinea to reach the semi-finals (28-24)
Morocco obtains its ticket for the last four after its victory against Guinea on a score of 24-28. The Atlas Lions obtain by the same occasion their 8th qualification for the men’s World Handball Championship which will take place in 2023 in Poland and Sweden.
The Moroccans had started their journey with a victory against Cameroon (28-34), July 12, before falling against the host country (21-36), the next day. A little pressure before the start of the game against Guinea. With two victories, the players of the Silly National had confidence in their legs and in their heads. Two facts that make that the match should be hard fought as it was the rest.
Lilian Pasquet, Epanouh David Michèle, Pierre Rubens and Doisel Brayan (each 6 goals) for Guinea had the hand to make the difference. On the other hand, Bentaleb Mohamed Amine (8 goals) and Ismaili Aliou Mehdi (10 goals) were the driving forces for the Moroccans. The lions of the Atlas who had been worried at a moment (12-8) in the first period will lean on the sides to penetrate the Guinean defense which ended up letting go. Hence the systematic equalization (12-12) and then take the advantage to win at halftime (14-13).
The second part will be identical to the first, because the Moroccans will continue on the same pace by even widening the gap (21-18). By dominating this second half (14-11), Morocco wins, painfully anyway, (28-24).
Man of the match: Bentaleb Mohamed Amine (MAR)
The Atlas Lions obtain their 8th qualification for the Men’s World Handball Championship which will take place in 2023 in Poland and Sweden.
In the semi-finals, they will face the winner of the clash between Angola and Cape Verde.
As a reminder, the five best teams in the overall ranking will qualify directly for the 2023 World Championship scheduled in Poland and Sweden.Le Maroc obtient son ticket pour le dernier carré après sa victoire contre la Guinée sur un score de 24-28. Les Lions de l’Atlas obtiennent par la même occasion leur 8e qualification pour le Mondial de Handball masculin qui aura lieu en 2023 en Pologne et en Suède.