the Atlas Lions emerged victorious from their duel against the Guineans, thus qualifying for the CAN semi-final.
Winner of Guinea (28-24) in the quarter-finals of the African Handball Cup, the national team qualified for the semi-finals of the competition, and by extension to the 2023 World Championship which will be held next winter in Poland and Sweden. A great feat for the men of Nourredine Bouhaddioui, who qualified Morocco for the eighth time in its history for a final phase of the World Championship.
After a good start in the CAN 2022 handball, with a victory against Cameroon and a qualification in the quarter-finals, the Atlas Lions continued on the same obtained, Friday, by dominating Guinea by 28 to 24 However, things didn’t work out for Nourredine Bouhaddioui’s men, battered by the speed and physical strength of the Guinean handball players. Indeed, in the first period, the Moroccans were dominated by the ultra-offensive game of the Guineans who managed to take a 4-point advantage (12-8). However, the Moroccan handball players ended up waking up and regaining the advantage, even finishing the half in their favor (14-13).
After the break, the national team pushed back onto the game floor with more confidence and this trickled down to their play. team managed to hold out against the Guineans and even lead the game, thanks in particular to a solid defense carried by the team’s goalkeeper, author of a great game.
In the end, the Atlas Lions emerged victorious from their duel against the Guineans, thus qualifying for the CAN semi-final and by extension to the final phase of the 2023 World Championship scheduled in Poland and Sweden. . A great feat for this team, despite the difficulties it is going through, due in particular to the few friendly matches played and the very short preparation time. This victory allows Morocco to qualify for the eighth time in its history to a final phase of the World Championship, the second in a row.