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Al Duhail finish eighth in IHF Super Globe tournament

Asian champions lose the plot against African winners Zamalek; Barcelona defeat THW Kiel to emerge champions.
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Al Duhail’s Firas Chaieb attempts to score against Zamalek SC in the IHF Super Globe tournament. Photo: IHF Media

Qatari side Al Duhail finished eighth in the IHF Super Globe tournament in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, after losing their last placings game 26-33 against Egypt’s African club champions Zamalek SC.

Duhail trailed 12-15 at half-time. They had earlier beaten New York City THC 24-19.

Defending champions Barcelona retained the title, defeating Germany’s wild card entrants THW Kiel 34-32 in the final.

Duhail started strongly, racing to a quick 5-1 lead, before Zamalek coach Bassem Elsobky called for a time-out, which unsettled the Qatari side. The Egyptian team quickly caught up (5-5) and took the upper hand three minutes later. From then on, they never relinquished the lead.

Al Duhail’s right-back Mohamed Mareef and his counterpart Yehia Elderaa each scored six goals, playing important roles for their sides.

At the 45-minute mark, Zamalek held a comfortable 24-20 lead, and they raised it to a six-goal advantage (30-24) with six minutes remaining. Although Duhail tried valiantly to come back, they were left to rue their missed chances.

The six teams that failed to make it to the semifinal stage had been divided into two groups, based on their previous results, for the placings matches.

While Group A had Brazil’s South and Central American champions Handebol Taubate, Saudi Arabia’s wild card entry Al Mudhar and Oceania winners Sydney University, Group B consisted of Zamalek, Duhail and New York City THC, the North American and Caribbean champions.

Each team played in a single round-robin format event to decide the final placings.

While Zamalek finished fifth (goal difference of +21), Taubate (+17), Mudhar (+3), Duhail (-2), New York City THC (-19) and Sydney University (-20) finished in that order.

European champions RK Vardar, from North Macedonia, finished third by beating Saudi Arabia’s Al Wehda 30-26.