The miracle did not take place. After the very sluggish first round matches, with very worrying individual and collective performances, the Algerian handball team did not know how to raise their level to pass the Egyptian obstacle: final defeat 19-34.
As national coach Rabah Gherbi proclaimed, the Algerians expected nothing from this match. An admission of weakness that says a lot about the state of mind of the team and Algerian handball in general. Yes ! Algerian handball is in an unspeakable slump. Every time you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you find a way to go deeper. However, Nordine Hellal and his teammates were playing a quarter-final of the African Cup and against the most prestigious African nation of the moment, Egypt. A year ago, we could have said that this is a final before the letter.
But Algerian handball continues to fall into the abyss, so the final before the letter is played this Saturday, July 16, 2022, in the semi-final, in Cairo, between Tunisia and Egypt (already the final of the previous edition, in 2020) – The other semi-final will pit the amazing Cape Verde against Morocco. Between Algeria and Egypt, there was no match! The Pharaohs have dominated head and shoulders over their Fennecs counterparts, too amorphous, overwhelmed by a game which one has the impression that they are discovering it. It took 8 minutes to see the Greens score their 1st goal by Mokhtar Kouri… an eternity! Distressing ! In a sieve defense, Ali Zein and another Mohamed Sanad had fun: 20-8 at half-time, 34-19 at the end of the match!
The World Cup, as expected, will go through the play-offs! “Beating one of the 3 best teams in the world is impossible with the level of current Algerian players. My goals are the next games” against the losers of the quarters, said Rabah Gherbi at the end of the match. The greens will oppose this Saturday, July 16, 2022 (4:30 p.m. DZ time) the formidable DRC and their imposing pivot Gauthier Mvumbi. We do not see how the teammates of Khelifa Ghedhbanne could beat this Congo which was eliminated, in extra time, by Tunisia 39-34.
If they lose, Algeria will occupy either the 7th or 8th place or this championship. The worst ranking of an Algerian selection in this competition. Another humiliation! If they win, they will still have to fight against the winner of Angola-Guinea for a place in the Swedish sun. Nothing is gained for the Greens…nor lost in advance!