The team of Egypt
Coach: Nasser Ali Abdelwahid
Key players: Yara Mohamed Abdelmaksoud (right back), Reem Sayed Rabie Mohamed (left wing)
Qualification information: 2017 African Women’s Junior Handball Championship – runners-up
History in tournament: 1977-2014: DNQ, 2016: 20th
2016 was an historic year for Egyptian women’s handball, as it saw the first IHF Women’s World Championship participations in any age category. Both the Youth and Junior squads qualified for their respective World Championship for the first time, with the Under 18 team – the same line-up that will take the court at Hungary 2018 – reaching the eighth-finals.
This generation of Egyptian players are tipped to be a bright prospect for the future, and considering their results at Slovakia 2016, it is no surprise that, according to coach Nasser Ali Abdelwahid, they travel to Hungary with ambition to reach the knock-out stage. Led by talented players such as right back Yara Mohamed Abdelmaksoud and left wing Reem Sayed Rabie Mohamed, the squad can count on strong options in every position.
However, they have been drawn into what looks to be one of the most competitive groups at the 2018 Junior World Championship. Egypt entered the draw as runners-up at the 2017 African Women’s Junior Handball Championship, where they finished behind nine-time winners Angola. In the round-robin playing system at the continental championship, Egypt took five victories – 35:33 against Côte d’Ivoire, 28:20 versus Algeria, 33:22 over Cape Verde, 22:20 versus DR Congo, and 33:22 against Mali – and just one loss, to winners Angola (19:29).
At Hungary 2018, Egypt find themselves pitted against Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2017 champions France, Slovakia 2016 quarter-finalists Croatia and Sweden, and 2016 Youth World Championship eighth-finalists Germany and Spain. It was France who ended Egypt’s campaign at Slovakia 2016, with a 46:25 victory in the eight-final. Egypt therefore had to settle for ninth place – but they are determined to make it one step further at Hungary 2018.
Group D: Egypt, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Sweden
Games at Hungary 2018
Monday 2 July: ESP- EGY (20:00)
Tuesday 3 July: EGY- FRA (18:00)
Thursday 5 July: CRO- EGY (14:00)
Friday 6 July: GER-EGY (16:00)
Sunday 8 July: EGY-SWE (10:00)