Lilongwe – As they did in 2004, Angola last week defeated Cameroon in the senior women’s Africa Cup of Nations handball final.
The 24th edition of the final was held in Yaoundé with the Palancas Negras dominating their hosts the Lionesses 25-15, confirming Angola’s supremacy in a competition they have now won 14 times in 21 attempts.
The victory means Angola will represent Africa at the World Handball Championships in Spain from December 2 to 19 this year. Also representing Africa will be AFCON finalists Cameroon, and the two semi-finalists, Tunisia and Congo.
In the AFCON final at Yaoundé’s Multipurpose Sports Complex, Bernardo Natalia Maria was phenomenal for the Southern Africans, though Cameroon’s Ekoh Karismah gave Angola’s defence a hard time.
Cameroon blamed a lack of focus for the defeat on home turf.
“We lacked lucidity I can say, we gave many balls to the opponent and that affected us,” said middle-back Maffo Kamga.
The win gives Angola a boost ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympic Games, where they will be Africa’s sole representatives.
The Pancas Negras have been placed in the same group with hosts Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Montenegro and South Korea.