Egypt beat Japan again in their 2021 World Championship 2nd warm-up

Egypt claimed a 33:25 victory over Japan in the second friendly in a week at the Cairo International Stadium Hall amid the two sides' preparations for the 27th IHF Men's World Championships.

Egypt will host the World Championship from 13 to 31 January 2021 with 32 teams participating for the first time in the tournament's history.

Japan snatched the lead of the first period over Egypt by a score of 16:15, in a tense 30 minutes that saw lots of action.

The second half saw the hosts storm to the win, finishing 33:25.

The two teams called up more players to take part in the game to be tested ahead of the World Championship throw-off.

Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Ashraf Sobhy attended both friendlies. Egypt had clinched a 34-29 victory over the Samurai Warriors two days ago.

LOC Chairman and President of the Egyptian Handball Federation Eng. Hesham Nasr, and Championship Director Hussein Labib have also attended the game to ensure the precautionary measures are in place, which are also set to be implemented during the tournament.

There were a few spectator turn - out in attendance too, with a full array of precautions in place such as social distancing measures and emphasis on wearing face masks.

Japan are competing in Group C of the World Championship alongside Croatia, Qatar, and Angola.

The Pharaohs are in Group G alongside four-time champions Sweden, Chile and Czech Republic.

Hosts Egypt start their official campaign in the World Championship by playing against Chile on Wednesday 13 January at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Complex Main Hall.