The Algerian handball team will face France, this Wednesday, January 20, 2021, for the main round of the world championship held in Cairo, Egypt. A match counting for the first day of the main round of group 1.
Algeria will meet France on Wednesday during the first day of the 2021 World Cup in Egypt.Qualified in the main round of this world championship thanks to a victory against Morocco, the Fennecs will have to overcome the six-time world champion to make a good start. «I am satisfied with the performance of the players, despite the defeat against Portugal», declared the Algerian coach, Alain Portes, after the first round.
Algeria has lost its last two games to Iceland and Portugal. “She nevertheless believes in her chances of qualifying in the quarter-finals in a group completed by Portugal, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We need to play hard and strong in the main round and continue our development. We have to play as a team and we have the ambition to continue the competition,” said Alain Portes.Only the first two in each group will qualify for the second stage.
Even if he recognizes the qualities of the Fennecs, the coach of the Bleus does not intend to spoil his chances to pass the next round. “The strength of the Algerian team is also its dynamic and the collective enthusiasm it can put. It then becomes difficult to control because a real collective force emerges. This team aims to gain international experience.Facing us we have to expect a tenfold increase in energy while we remain on a performance in half-tones. We will also be keen to show that this was just an alert and that we are able to recover well,” said Guillaume Gille, the new coach who took over the reins of the Bleus in January 2020.
This meeting between Algeria and France is part of the progression of the Algerian team that will play the Olympic qualification tournament next March in Germany (against Germany, Sweden and Slovenia). It should be noted that the two teams have not met since 2003, when Algeria finished third in the Paris Île-de-France tournament, won by France.
Host country of this 27th edition of the Handball World Championship, Egypt will battle with Russia, this Wednesday at 1700 GMT, again for the 1st day of the main round, in Group IV. The Pharaohs are determined to finish their tournament, despite a short defeat against Sweden (23-24) on Monday, which had no consequences, since they were already holding their qualification.