Egypt reverses decision: Will host African Championships after all

According to the Egyptian website,, the Egyptian Handball Federation has reversed their earlier decision to withdraw as host for the African Championship next February. On Monday, the Egyptian Federation had notified the African Handball Federation (CAHB) that they would not host the tournament due to lingering safety concerns due to heightened tensions following the controversial Egypt-Algeria World Cup soccer qualifying matches in November.

As a result of Egypt’s withdrawal the CAHB had offered other nations the opportunity to host the event. Morocco, Tunisia and Libya had expressed interest in hosting, but did not formally apply. Instead, it appears that Algeria was the lone bidder for the tournament. Faced with the possibility that the Egyptian team would have to travel to Algeria, the Egyptian Federation informed the CAHB that they would be able to host after all. Egypt is declining in its decision and the governing African Cup of Nations Handball: