After Algeria’s unexpected defeat on Tuesday against Guinea (22-28), Gabon, despite its initial disappointment against Guinea (22-35), surprise leader of group B, began to dream of qualification for the quarter-finals of the 25th edition of the African Nations Championship. Indeed, they just had to beat the Fennecs of Algeria, seven times winner of the event. An ogre who, at the end, was very tender during his match against the Guineans. But in the end, ours lost on the narrow score of 23-25 (half-time 16-12). A result synonymous with elimination for the quarters.
Overall, the Gabonese showed a better face than in the previous game. But the lack of address in front of the opposing goal, added to the “lack of concentration” of the doorman, weighed down this team which really did not believe in its chances of qualification. Six minutes from the end of the game, the score was 23-21 in favor of the Algerians. It is therefore over for this team which will now play to avoid occupying the last place of the tournament.
It is up to the new federal office to draw all the consequences of this poor performance. Because, to date, Gabonese handball is on the ground. Without championship, without renewal of staff and executives, says office with work on the board.