CAN Women’s Handball: Senegal gets off to a strong start

CAN Women’s Handball: Senegal gets off to a strong start

**13 nations for a single crown, the African Women’s Handball Nations Championship started this Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal. The host country launched its tournament perfectly by beating Madagascar (40-9). The Lionesses couldn’t have asked for more.

The Senegalese capital, Dakar, vibrates since this Wednesday, November 9 to the rhythm of the African Nations Championship of women’s handball. A tournament which brings together 13 countries and of which Angola remains the big favourite. 14 times African champions and winners of the last three editions, the Angolans enter the fray on Thursday. Meanwhile, the host country, Senegal, has not missed its entry.

Unleashed in front of an audience completely committed to their cause, the Lionesses of Teranga crushed Madagascar with the final score of 40 goals 9. The partners of Doungou Camara thus offer themselves an ideal start in their quest for a first continental title.

“Of course, it’s the best way. It also gives us strength and it’s very good for the future. Now we have to continue like this, it’s not won yet. We’re going to continue like this, we will continue to work”rejoices the center half Soukeina Sagnaauthor of four goals.

Although Madagascar is not a thunderbolt of war, it is a strong message that the Lionesses of Teranga have just launched. Serious, aggressive and very diligent in front of goal, the protégés of Yassine Messaoudi have something to scare at home.

But, Hawa Ndiaye and her teammates refuse to be carried away by the euphoria.

“We intend to approach each match in the same way: to be at the top. For us, each match is a final and we want to go to the end. We know why we are here, we know that we have responsibilities and we will give to make our country proud”supports the member of Toulon Saint-Cyr Var in France.

On the Malagasy side, we have no illusions in one where Cameroon and Senegal are the favorites. The team has only one goal, to win at least the match in this championship. And the last confrontation against the Coast already seems like a final for the title for the Akio.

A fight for honor that is worth gold in the eyes of the captain, Marylea Ratovomahenina : “We’re going to do what we can. The first two games against Senegal and Cameroon, it’s going to be more for training, to try to evolve together. And we’re going to see against Côte d’Ivoire what we’ll be able to do. Are we going to put in a good performance? I think that’s the main match in our pool.”

Beaten by Cameroon, reigning African vice-champion, for their entry into the competition, the Ivorians are therefore warned.

Note the defeat, in pool B, of Morocco in the Maghreb derby which opposed it to Tunisia. The Atlas Lionesses were beaten 35-25.

Still in the same group, Congo is doing quite well against Guinea, winning 25-21. The competition continues this Thursday with the matches of Pool A.

On the program, the DR Congo faces Cape Verde while the Angolan ogre will do battle with Algeria.

This African Nations Women’s Handball Championship will continue until November 19.