LIVE: Egypt v Chile | 2021 Handball World Championship

LIVE: Egypt v Chile | 2021 Handball World Championship

19:00 Cairo Local Time | 12:00 ET Canada-USA

Egypt open their World Championship campaign against Chile at Cairo’s venue on Wednesday

Egypt will officially host the 27th Men’s Handball World Championship being held from 13 to 31 January. 32 teams will take part for the first time in the competition’s history.

World Men’s Handball Championship Egypt 2021 is the largest sport event in the world to be organized with public attendance since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, which represents a new challenge for the Egyptian as well as the international sports system.

Organizing the event shows the extent of the world’s confidence in Egypt’s capabilities to hold the championship on its land amid exceptional circumstances that are spreading throughout the whole world.

The national teams will be competing in three venues in Cairo and one in Alexandria:

Cairo stadium Halls, the New Capital Hall that was especially built for hosting the world event, Dr. Hassan Mostafa Hall in 6th of October that was renewed for the tournament, and Borg El-Arab Hall in Alexandria.

The Egyptian Handball team will compete in Group G alongside top flight Sweden, the Czech Republic and Chile.

The Pharaohs’ last participation saw them finish eighth in 2019, their best result since their fourth-place finish in 2001 in France.

“Our ambitions are not limited but I cannot make any promises,” says Egypt coach Roberto García Parrondo.

“All I can promise that we will do our best in all the games to go as far as possible,” added the Spaniard.

After the tournament’s format was modified following its expansion to 32 teams instead of 24 for the first team, the top three teams in each group will advance to the main round.

If Egypt reach the main round, they will meet the teams who advance from Group H that includes Belarus, Russia, Republic of Korea and Slovenia.

“Egypt have a good chance of achieving something at this World Championship,” Egypt player Yehya Khaled said.

“We have an excellent group of players and we aim to pass through the first round and the main group stage to reach the quarter-finals, and from there we can see whether we have the capacity to advance.

“We have a great confidence in ourselves and our coaching staff.”

Egypt’s preparations for the World Championship were hardly sufficient due to the coronavirus pandemic as they only played six friendly games (four against Bahrain and two against Japan).

That was mainly the case for all teams, however, as the pandemic hit preparation plans.

On paper, Egypt boast a good squad led by veteran right winger Ahmed El-Ahmar and other experienced players who play abroad such as Yehya Khaled, Mohamed Mamdouh Hashem, Mohamed Sanad and Ali Zein.

The squad also includes many players of Egypt’s U19 and U21 teams such as Ahmed Hisham, Hasan Qaddah, Seif El-Deraa and Khaled Walid.

The U19 team became the first non-European side to be crowned world champions in 2019 while the U21 side finished third in the World Championship in the same year.

“We have a very good team that includes many youth players who are very talented. With this group of players we will have a good chance to go far,” said Egypt star Ali Zein.

LIVE: Egypt v Chile | 2021 Handball World Championship

19:00 Cairo Local Time | 12:00 ET Canada-USA

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