Morocco’s Handball Team Prepares for World Championship in Egypt 2021
The Moroccan men’s handball team is preparing for the 2021 Handball World Championship that will take place in Egypt. The World Cup draw in Cairo which comprised of high-quality teams from Iceland, Algeria and Portugal placed Morocco in the 6th group.
The Moroccan handball team head coach, Noureddine Bouhaddioui said, “Everyone knows the world championship, it’s not easy, it brings together the best European and Asian teams and also African. We are in the group with Iceland and Portugal, everyone knows their strength, we have to be objectified.”
The Moroccan team’s plan is to participate and learn as much as possible in Egypt with the idea to compete for the title of the 25th edition of the African Nations Championship. “We have young people born in 2002 who are playing for the first time in the senior category even thought they are still ranked within the junior category,” claimed Lahcen Belimame, a Moroccan handball team player. “So, we see a good future for the still young national team, and the technical staff and coaches are based on the experience and also on the young players to have a good team.” The national squad started training on September 20th in Ifrane for a month. There will be more sessions and matches followed abroad, particularly in Turkey.
Morocco secured third place during the African Games organized in 2019 in Rabat and won a bronze medal in the African Beach Handball Championship in Cape Verde. The team met all qualification for the final phase of the World Championship thanks to its victory against Gabon (31-27) in the African Championship in Tunisia.