Qatar lose again in Arab Under-17 Championship
Tournament debutants produce improved performance but go down fighting to Morocco for second straight defeat.
Tournament debutants Qatar went down fighting to Morocco 24-26 in a thrilling tie in the Arab Under-17 Handball Championship in Hammamet, Tunisia, on Monday.
After trailing 11-17 in the first half, Qatar took the fight to the opposition but were unable to find that extra push. However, it was a much-improved performance from the Qatari side, who had lost the opening game against Saudi Arabia 25-30.
Qatar’s Serbian coach Ivan Petkovic said he was proud of his players’ performance.
“Our performance against Morocco was much better than the one against Saudi Arabia. For me, that change is really important,” he told Inside Qatar from Hammamet.
“I can say I’m very pleased with how they played in the first 40 minutes. Then we slipped up a bit, and that cost us the game. While the Moroccan side has been together for two years, my boys hardly had three weeks together. So I’m proud of their performance against superior opponents,” he added.
Petkovic, who took charge of the national side during their recent training camp in Slovenia, said tougher fights lay ahead.
“On Tuesday, we’ll face the tournament’s strongest side – hosts Tunisia. We’ll try our best to put up a strong show. We’ll take insights from the Arab Championships to prepare for the Asian Under-19 Championship in July next year,” he said.