As part of the 2017 edition of the African Handball Confederation (CAHB) African Cup of Champions in Agadir, Morocco the African Babacar Fall Super Cup took place last week to decide the very best club teams from the continent.
The Cup, an annual competition between the winners of the African Champions League and Cup Winners’ Cup, is officially named the Babacar Fall Super Cup in memory of the President of the Confederation of African Handball (CAHB) in the 1990s, Mr Babacar Fall, who died in 1994.
Highly esteemed and appreciated in Africa, and the IHF, Fall was involved heavily in the development of African handball and the trophy bearing his name saw the first edition in 1994 in Dakar, Senegal, in an event jointly organised by the CAHB and IHF.
In the 2017 men’s competition two very familiar teams took on each other as country and city rivals Zamalek and Al Ahly from Cairo, Egypt fought for glory.
Champions League winners Al Ahly beat Cup Winners’ Cup champions Zamalek 29:23 (15:12) as Zamalek lost for the second year running in the final after their 2016 final loss against ES Tunis H.C. (33:32) in Laayoune.
“We deserved to win the title,” said Al Ahly Head Coach Assem Hammad after the game. “Our players performed superbly during preparations for the game.”
Zamalek were unlucky to lose their superstar player Ahmed El-Ahmar to injury during recent international duty and suffered from going behind early, finding themselves three goals down at the break (15:12). In the second half, they could not fight back level and eventually lost by six (29:23) as Al Ahly claimed their fourth title and a spot at the 2017 IHF Super Globe in Doha, Qatar in September.
"It's great for the players to represent Al Ahly in the IHF Super Globe," added coach Hammad. ”It gives us immense pride to compete against the biggest clubs in the world of handball.”
In the women’s final, Primeiro de Agosto of Angola, were originally meant to be playing TKC of Cameroon, but due to their absence, played their final against Congolese team, Cara, easily winning 26:17 (14:9) to take their third title.
Primeiro are by far the most dominant team in the continent, winning both the African Champions League and Cup Winners’ Cup last season.
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