MudharCoach: Mohamed Al Safar
Hosts Mudhar will get their third taste of the IHF Men’s Super Globe, after having already finished seventh in 2012 and 2019. A strong outing will be required, though, as they face Egyptian side Al Ahly and Portuguese powerhouse SL Benfica, the winners of the EHF European League Men, in the group phase.
Mudhar have plenty of pedigree, having secured the title in the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Saudi Handball League last season, after a tiebreaker against Khaleej, the other Saudi team to feature in the IHF Men’s Super Globe. With the two teams tied, a decisive game ensued, which was won by Mudhar 26:24.
Their form was a small cause of concern, as they lost the Saudi Super Cup in September against Khaleej 31:33, but the start in the new season of the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Saudi Handball League erased those doubts, with four clear wins in the first four rounds of the competition.
With plenty of Saudi internationals at disposal, Mudhar are relying on homegrown talent, but also boast a very experienced right back, Tunisian stalwart Amine Bannour, who can be the player who tilts the balance into the team’s way.
Bannour has previously played at the IHF Men’s Super Globe for Mudhar – in 2012, he scored 35 goals in four matches, including a 14-goal outing against Sydney Uni in the 7/8 Placement Match.
Bannour, who made the final of the IHF Men’s Super Globe with Qatari team Al Sadd in 2014, also has experience in the EHF Champions League Men, where he scored 156 goals in four seasons for Dinamo Bucuresti and, therefore, can be considered the key player for Mudhar in their return to the IHF Men’s Super Globe.
Key players: Amine Bannour (right back), Seif Ben Hamida (goalkeeper), Mohammed Al-Abbas (centre back)
Qualification for 2022 IHF Men’s Super Globe: Hosts
History in tournament: 2012: 7th, 2019: 7th
Group at 2022 IHF Men’s Super Globe: Group B (Al Ahly, Mudhar, SL Benfica)