THE PALANCAS NEGRAS DEFEND THEMSELVES WELL
Angola takes part as the most successful men’s handball team from Sub-Saharan Africa. For the past decade, the Angolans have been the toughest opponents in the Egypt-Tunisia-Algeria trio from the African Continent. Alexandre Diogo Machado’s team has a very specific style of play, based on an iron defence. But the men’s team, like the Norwegians, also lives in the shadow of their female counterparts, who are multiple-time African champions. Denied a place in the World Championship since 2007 (21st), the Angolans are regularly in the final four in continental events, most notably with two silver medals at the African Games in 2011 and 2015. By winning (25-19) against Algeria in the third-place playoffs in the 2016 African Championship, Angola won bronze (as they did in 2004) and secured a place in the 2017 World Championship. The Palancas Negras are now feared and will aim to finish in the top 20 in France..
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Participating twice at the World Championships, Angola finished 20th in 2005 in Tunisia and 21st in 2007 in Germany. Ten years later in France, the African team will try to do better in a tough Group B.
COACH: Alexandre Diogo Machado (Angola)