Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
2 - 8 December 1999
Issue No. 458
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(photo: Khaled El-Fiqi)
 
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THE NEWS from Basel, Switzerland, came to him as a shock, but a pleasant one. Gohar Nabil had been selected to the world handball all-star team.

Though he was not at his peak during the world championship which Egypt hosted last June, the International Handball Federation (IHF) saw fit to place the lanky 28-year-old Egyptian pivot on its all-star roster, taking into consideration his standard of play overall in the past two years.

"I'm really proud of being chosen," Nabil said following the news. "It will push me to maintain this level." Nabil said his confidence had risen following his selection, something which he said was obvious to anyone who had been watching him in recent league matches. In a few weeks, Nabil will go to Yugoslavia where he will hitch up with 16 other players on the world team, whose coach has yet to be selected by the IHF. The all-stars are scheduled to play two matches on 19 and 20 December against Slovenia and Yugoslavia.

A world handball select team is chosen once every two years. The selection process is conducted by IHF officials and a panel who monitor the players throughout the two years in the world championship and other international events.

Three other Egyptian players have previously made it on the world's best team -- Olympy's Ahmed Bilal, Sameh Abdel-Wareth of Ahli and Zamalek's Ahmed El-Attar.

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