Cape Verde’s first World Cup win

Paulo Moreno (M) of Cape Verde takes a shot on the purpose. Photo: Bjorn Larsen Rosewall/TT News Agency/AP/dpa


Despite a turbulent night time earlier than the sport, Cape Verde’s Handball Exotics celebrated their first ever World Cup victory. The Africans gained their first sport in opposition to Uruguay within the finals in Poland and Sweden with 33:25 (17:11) and now advance to the principle spherical, during which the three finest positioned groups in every group attain.

Gothenburg – Despite a stressed night time earlier than the sport, Cape Verde’s international handball gamers celebrated their first World Cup victory.

The Africans gained their opening match 33:25 (17:11) in opposition to Uruguay within the finals in Poland and Sweden and advance to the principle spherical, which is contested by the highest three groups in every group. Other preliminary spherical opponents are European champions Sweden and Brazil.

The sport was a premiere for Cape Verde not solely due to the first win, but in addition for Maik Merz (37) and Tanja Kutler (34). The sisters from Baden-Württemberg had been the first German feminine referees to officiate a males’s World Cup match. “We take into account it an appreciation of our work to be nominated for this World Cup,” Kutler mentioned earlier. The pair have performed on the whistle collectively since 2008 and have additionally been used within the males’s Bundesliga since 2019.

beds in crew quarters collapse

The run-up to the sport prompted a lot pleasure among the many Cape Verdean group as six gamers needed to change accommodations throughout the night time. Cause: The beds within the crew lodging had been ran into one another. This was reported by the Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet”.

Nilton Delgado informed the newspaper, “I do not perceive what the resort was considering! Some of the gamers are two meters tall and weigh over 100 kilograms. Still, they needed to lie on wood bunks, which later collapsed. ” The 49-year-old businessman, together with different supporters, is sponsoring the Africans’ keep on the World Handball Championship.



Cape Verde has already prompted a stir in its World Cup premiere in Egypt in 2021. At that point, the Africans needed to play in opposition to Germany within the preliminary spherical. However, because of a number of coronavirus instances, the group needed to cancel video games and ultimately withdraw from the event altogether.

Favorite begins the event with a win

Under the management of Bundesliga star Jim Gottfriedsson, co-hosts Sweden made a profitable begin to the World Cup. The SG Flensburg-Handvet director led the European champions in Gothenburg with six objectives in a 26:18 (11:9) victory over Brazil.

Spain additionally made a profitable debut within the last. The 2018 and 2020 European champions beat Montenegro in 30:25 (15:12). The match of the outsiders in Group A was gained by Iran with 25:24 in opposition to Chile. In Group D, Iceland beat Portugal 30:26 (15:15). Hungary defeated South Korea 35:27.

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