African handball: Congo returns to the podium 14 years later

The long-awaited victory of the Congo undoubtedly revives the dominating dynamic of this country on the continental level. The last time the Red Devils were on the CAN podium dates back to January 17, 2008, in Angola, at the end of the 18e edition of this contest. Since then, the Congolese struggled before finding Since this place because they were 4are in 2016 and 2021 then 5are in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and 6are in 2012.

Second best team in Africa with four titles (1979, 1981, 1983 and 1985), Congo dominated this competition during the decade 1980-1990 since it was vice-champion in 1976, 1998 then 2000. The Red Devils also occupied third place in the 1987, 1989, 1991, 2006 and 2008 editions.

Fourth at the 24e edition in Cameroon, the Congo has just taken a long step forward. A dynamic that was driven by the commitment of the members of the executive office, qualifying the country for the World Cup in 2021, after more than twelve years of absence. In addition to the bronze medal obtained in Dakar, Congo has also validated its ticket for the next edition of the biggest competition in women’s handball. “We will already have to embark on the preparation phase for the World Cup. The Congo is expected a lot, it’s time to fulfill all the conditions », Launched the president of the federation, Ayessa Ndinga Yengué, back from Dakar after this CAN named Denis-Sassou-N’Guesso Trophy.

The Congo has, in fact, made an almost faultless course since it won six matches out of the seven played, unlike other nations which only played six matches during the competition. Mission accomplished because the Red Devils successively beat Guinea, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Senegal but failed in the face of the physical strength of the Cameroonians and the accumulation of fatigue in the semi-finals .

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