Africa-Press – Angola. The individual and collective technique, in the offensive and defensive chapter, dominate this morning, the training of the national junior men’s handball team, following the preparation for the dispute of the African Cup of Nations (CAN), taking place in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, from 20 to 27 of the current.
In the final stretch of training, William Almeida’s men will correct the less good aspects in the control game played, yesterday, against Desportivo da Banca. In the afternoon, the national “seven” will test their competitive capacity again with a “Misto do Interclube”.
Speaking to Jornal de Angola, William Almeida said that the preparation is proceeding at a good pace, having highlighted the commitment of the athletes. Regarding Group A, where Angola is inserted, the coach regretted the fact of going blind.
“We go blind, we don’t know the members. Only on the competition stage will we have a concrete idea, after seeing the opponents and our real state. We can worry about Tunisia and Morocco. But there are other teams. In the competition anything can happen We have no information about the competitors”, he underlined.
Angola plays in the preliminary round alongside Tunisia, Morocco, Rwanda and the Central African Republic. Egypt (champion), Algeria, Congo and Libya are in B. The two best in each group qualify for the semi-finals, the others play in the rankings from fifth to eighth in the table.
Asked about the objectives, with athletes without competitive shooting or international experience, William Almeida explained: “in 2018 it was the last participation in the CAN. In 2020, there was an interregnum, because of the pandemic. Therefore, the main objective, without knowing the state of the other teams, is to improve the previous classification and then continue to dream, without forgetting to guarantee a spot for the World Cup”.
Africa has six places in the World Championship, as in the last edition, Egypt became World Champion. According to the coach, the first weeks of training were difficult for the Angolan team, due to the intensity and pace of work.
On the other hand, added the coach, since the end of the season in April, ” many did not even have contact with the ball, and the physical condition was not the best. We had an intense workload. In the two weeks we did 40 hours of work , that is, every 20 weeks. They also had difficulties adapting to the new philosophy and methods of the technical team. But, on the whole, they are committed”.
Abel Dumbo (Benguela National), João António (Maxinde Social Work) and José Francisco (Mora do Namibe) were dismissed on Tuesday. The second and final screening takes place on the eve of the trip, scheduled for the 18th of the current year.
Paulo Gonga, Virgílio Salvador, Emanuel Ngunza, Evaristo Kiaku, José Chicola, José Diata, Hugo Bilumbo, Gabriel Sebastião, José dos Santos, Sérgio Constantino, Garcia Malandua, Estêvão Gomes, Paulo Domingos, Cristóvão Lisboa, Euclides João, Pedro Domingos, Rúben José, Santana Kanguar and Elias Chequete are the players who continue under William Almeida’s orders for “operation” Kigali.