The success of women’s handball in Angola is the result of a generational legacy, which over the years has been guided by decent representation in international competitions, said this Wednesday, in Luanda, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto.
According to the official, handball has a tradition that passes from generation to generation, so the unprecedented sixth place achieved in the Junior World Championship, which ended Sunday in Slovenia, is motivating for other achievements.
For the minister, who was speaking at the tribute to the national team, which obtained the best classification of an African representation in an event of the kind, the incentive to these athletes must be continuous.
He assured that his ministry will continue to support the youth teams, so that they can reach the top levels in a cohesive and well-trained way, with a nursery capable of supporting the seniors.
On his turn, the president of the Angolan Handball Federation (FAAND), José do Amaral, stressed that the good performance in the world was possible because conditions were created for a good preparation.
“Society must continue to support women’s handball, because it has already proven that it has honored the country and the African continent well” he stressed.
As for the captain, Stélvia Pascoal, despite some anomalies experienced in the field of the game, the team remained calm and focused on their objectives.
“To reach sixth place we faced teams more experienced than ours and we had to work hard” he added.
In the competition, Angola saw Domingas Pango (goalkeeper), Bernardeth Belo (left side), Liliana Mário (Pivô) and Regina Marcos (central).
In eight games played, the champions of Africa won four and lost an equal number. They scored 204 goals and conceded 196.
Stélvia Pascoal was elected top scorer, with 38 goals.
The event was attended by former glories of the main team, such as Palmira Barbosa, Maria Pedro and Justina Praça, as well as presidents of different federations and members of the Angolan Olympic Committee.
The competition was won by Norway, who defeated Hungary 30-29 in the final.