Men’s 20th international four-team handball tournament “Riga Council Cup 2017” for the first time was won by national team of Egypt.
Egypt participated in the tournament for the third year in a row, taking fourth (2015.) and second (2016.) places in the past. This year’s tournament Egyptians started with wins over Estonia (31:22) and Netherlands (24:21), but in last day rescued from loss to Latvia (26:26).
Host team Latvia in first day suffered loss to Netherlands (24:29), then overtook Estonia (25:22). In last day against Egypt Latvians showed good game, but did not keep four-goal lead (20:16 on 40th minute and +2 five minutes before the end of the game) and the game ended with a draw.
Egypt with five points won tournament, second place ranked by Netherlands (four points), third place by Latvia (three points). Estonia finished last without points.
Top-scorers of the “Riga Council Cup 2017” was Dainis Krištopāns and Austris Tuminskis (17 goals) from Latvia, but MVP trophy got Egyptian Ahmed El-Ahmar.
Best players in each team
Egypt – Ali Mohamed
Netherlands – Bart Ravensbergen
Latvia – Nils Kreicbergs
Estonia – Martin Johannsons
Top-scorers – Dainis Krištopāns and Austris Tuminskis (17 goals, Latvia)
MVP – Ahmed El-Ahmar (Egypt)
TEXT: Jānis Pārums