Tunisia was crowned the champion after beating Egypt 24-21 in the 19th African Nations Handball Championship. Last Saturday's game (February 20th) in Egypt was tough for both sides. The score was close throughout the entire game, but Tunisia had the last word. The three medalists, Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria, qualified for the World Championship 2011 in Sweden.
Meanwhile, clubs from all over the region are gathered in Egypt for the Arabian Volleyball Clubs Champions 2010. The big event, which started Tuesday (February 23rd), kicked off with Libya's Ahli Tripoli taking on Egypt's Smouha. The Libyan outfit gained their first victory in the clash, winning 3-1. Bahrain's Najma failed to secure a win, losing to Jordan's Shabab Hussein 3-2. Previous winner Hilal, from Saudi Arabia, started strong and look set to defend the title after drubbing Iraq's Sinaah 3-0. Egypt's Ahly also got off to a strong start, beating Yemen's Shbab Qatin 3-0. In other action, the UAE's Jazira lost to Lebanon's Anoar 3-0.
On Wednesday, Hilal kept the energy high, beating Omani outfit Saham 3-0. Sudan's boys Nahda stumbled in their debut, losing to Qatar 3-0. Ithad Shortah of Qatar shone, beating the Iraqi team Shorta 3-0. Iraq's Sinaah seem to be having a run of bad luck this year, losing their second match in a row, this time to Egypt's Smouha. Kuwaiti stars Kazma have their eye fixed on title this year, starting well, beating Shabab Qatin 3-0. Egypt's Ahly showed good form, whipping Jazira 3-0.
On Thursday (February 24th), the clubs kept up the excitement. Egypt Ahly gained their third victory in a row beating Kuwaiti giant Kazma 3-0. Yemeni Shbab Qatin suffered its third defeat in a row, losing this time to Anoar 3-0. Shabab Hussein meanwhile, finished their second match winning against Iraqi Shorta 3-1. Saham lost 3-0 to Smouha and Qatar defeated Shabeba Bosharia 3-1. Libyan outfit Ahli Benghaze trashed Sudanese Nahda 3-0, and Sinaah lost to Ahli Tripoli the Libyan giant 3-0. On Friday the teams rested and will return to action Saturday.
In football action, Egypt's national squad is set to meet England in a friendly at Wembley Stadium in London on March 3rd. Hassan Shehata, the Pharaoh's coach, announced the list of the players. The lineup includes both Abu Treika and Amr Zaki. Egypt recently won the African Cup after beating Ghana 1-0 with the help of star Mohamed Nagi (Gedo).
Elsewhere in football, on Tuesday Jordan's Shabab Ordon stole a 1-0 win over Ahli Sanaa, from host country Yemen in the AFC Cup 2010. Fadi Lafi waited 87 minutes before scoring the winning goal just when the match looked set for a draw. In other games, Bahraini side Riffa also found its way to victory, beating Omani outfit Nahda 1-0 in their homeland. Jordan's Wihdat took on Rayyan from Qatar, losing at home 4-2.
In another Tuesday match, Kuwait SC drew with Yemeni outfit Helal Sahely 2-2 in Kuwait. On Wednesday, Lebanon's Nejmeh drew with Kuwaiti side Qadsia SC 1-1 in Kuwait. Nasaf Qarshi from Uzbekistan managed to pull off a huge win against Ahed 4-0 in Lebanon. Round one has almost ended. The remaining game pits Syrian outfit Ittihad of Aleppo against East Bengal in India on March 10. Round two will start on March 16.