By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
Cameroon women’s handball team, the Handball Lionesses have arrived Spain where the team will be competing in the 25th edition of the World Women’s Handball Championship.
The 2021 CAHB Women’s African Championship runners up arrived the country on Thursday December 2, 2021 and is based at the Sercotel Sorola Palace in the city of Lliria, host venue of Group B.
Cameroon headed by Coach Serge Christian Guebogo, travelled with a total of 16 players including three goalkeepers, among them, FAP of Yaounde’s Marie-Paule Balana.
The Handball Lionesses are lodged in Pool B of the global handball festival alongside the Russian Federation, their 2017 opponents, Serbia and Poland.
The team which trained in Yaounde for weeks before playing its last friendly on Saturday November 29, 2021, will begin its campaign in the competition on Friday December 3.
The outfit will clash with Russia in the group’s opener at 6pm local time while Serbia battles out with Poland in the second group game at 8:30pm.
The Handball Lionesses led by the President of the Cameroon Handball Federation, Raymond Mbita Mvaebeme, will be participating in the World Women’s Handball Championship for the third time after making its debut in 2005 in Russia and recently in 2017 in Germany.
Anne Michelle Essam and mates will be looking forward to going beyond the group stages of the competition for the first time when they compete this season, having failed to do so in their first two attempts.
In Russia 2005, the team finished 22nd in the 24 nation championship after five defeats in 5 Group D games against the likes of Ukraine, Romania and France.
Meanwhile in 2017, the outfit ended 20th after managing a draw in five matches while facing Serbia, Nederland and Germany and others in Pool D.
The Lionesses are one of four African countries taking part in the 25th world women’s handball festival where African champions Angola, Congo Brazzaville and Tunisia are equally representing the continent.
The 2021 World Women’s Handball Championship began in Spain on Wednesday December 1 and is expected to run till December 19, 2021.
A total of 32 teams will be competing to replace the Nederland who emerged champions in 2019.
This, as the International Handball Federation, IHF, holds its first ever extended version of 32 nations championship after switching from its a 24 nation format beginning with the 2021 edition.
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