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Date: 1/22/2014

The preliminary round of the Men’s and Women’s African Championship has come to an end on Tuesday evening 21 January in the Algerian capital of Algiers. The defending champions Tunisia (men) and Angola (women) finished this stage of the competition with a clear record after winning the top duels on the last day of the preliminary round.

The Tunisian men took a clear 26:20 against their arch-rivals Egypt to top Group A of the men’s competition in the end. Likewise, host Algeria topped the table with a clean sweep of five victories in Group B ahead of Angola and Morocco (both equal by six points, but Angola won the direct encounter by 29:23) and Congo, the fourth team which clinched their berth for the quarter-finals in this group. DR Congo and Nigeria missed the knock-out stage as well as Liberia and Gabon in Group A, in which Cameroon finished third ahead of Senegal.

The quarter-finals of the men’s competition are thus composed like this: Tunisia vs. Congo, Egypt vs. Morocco, Cameroon vs. Angola and Senegal vs. Algeria.

In the women’s competition defending champions Angola proved their ambitions for taking the ninth straight title after a 25:19 win over 2012 runners-up Tunisia in the last match day of the preliminary round to finally top Group B ahead of the Tunisians, Congo and Guinea. In Group A host Algeria finally made it to finish on top ahead of DR Congo, Senegal and Cameroon despite a draw with Senegal. Angola will face Cameroon in the quarter-finals, while Tunisia will compete with Senegal, Algeria vs. Guinea and DR Congo vs. Congo.

The winners of the quarter-finals proceed to the semis, which are played on 24 January, followed by the finals one day later.
The three medallists of both men’s and women’s competition clinch their berth in the 2015 World Championships (men in Qatar, women in Denmark).