April 17, 2024

Kenya land tough group in handball Africa Cup tourney

Kenya land tough group in handball Africa Cup tourney

Kenya, who missed the last edition and were penalised for it, have been grouped with ten-time champions Tunisia, 2004, 2016 and 2018 bronze medalists Angola and Nigeria

The national handball men's team is expected to be named and hit camp soon in preparation for the upcoming men's Cup of Nations handball extravaganza.

A draw, for the 26th edition of the African competition slated for 18-29 January 2024 in Egypt, was held on Wednesday 15 November with Kenya landing a tough group D.

The 16-team competition will begin with a preliminary round that will see the teams play in a round-robin group stage with each pool having four teams.

Kenya, who missed the last edition and were penalised for it, have been grouped with ten-time champions Tunisia, 2004, 2016 and 2018 bronze medalists Angola and Nigeria who have made 14 appearances in the continental competition since inception.  

The competition is not only an Olympic qualifier but also serves as the African qualifying tournament for the 2025 World Men's Handball Championship with the top five nations qualifying.

Kenya has played in the championship three times, making a debut in 2004 for a ninth-place finish. They returned in 2016 looking to improve on their ranking but finished 12th. In 2020, it was a 15th place.

In 2022, Kenya had been pooled alongside Guinea, Algeria and Gabon but withdrew. The competition had initially been scheduled for January 2022 in Morocco but was moved to July in Egypt.

Participating nations

1- Algeria 
2- Angola 
3- Cape Verde 
4- Cameroon 
5- Congo 
6- Egypt 
7- Gabon 
8- Guinea 
9- Libye 
10- Morocco 
11- Nigeria 
12- Kenya 
13- RD Congo 
14- Rwanda 
15- Tunisia 
16- Zambia