Tunisia – DR Congo
Qualified in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fred Beauregard and Aurélien Tchitombi came very close to an authentic feat, this Friday, in Egypt, against Tunisia: one of the “strong places” of African handball…
Leading the way back from the locker room (15-16), the “Leopards” gave the “Carthage Eagles” a cold sweat, literally flying away during the second period (20-24, 21-25, 23- 27), before dropping the match point and being caught… eleven seconds from the siren (31-31). Penalized by a rain of “seven meters”.
On the kneecaps, the formation of the Nancy defender and his ex-partner (Lorraine) ended up cracking in extra time (39-34), abandoning his opponent his place in the last four. As well as direct qualification for the next World Championship (from January 11 to 29, 2023, in Sweden and Poland).
Despite their defeat against Angola (31-32), the Congolese had managed to rally the “quarters” by dominating Zambians (43-24) and Senegalese (31-26). Composed, in large part, of “pro” and “semi-pro” players playing in France, the selection of the “DRC” had acquired a great love rating during the 2021 World Cup, like its emblematic (and massive) pivot Gauthier Mvumbi, currently licensed… in Pouzauges (N1).