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Handball Team Eyes President’s Cup in Showdown with Congo

By Ragnar Tómas

Iceland’s women’s national handball team is set to compete against the Republic of Congo for the President’s Cup at the World Women’s Handball Championship tonight. The President has promised to display the cup at the Presidential residence.

Better to win it than not

Iceland’s women’s national handball team will face off against the Republic of Congo in the final match for the President’s Cup at the World Women’s Handball Championship in Frederikshavn tonight. The President’s Cup is a competition for teams that did not make it to the main round of the World Championship and are vying for the 25th to 32nd places.

The Icelandic team secured their spot in the final match with victories over Greenland, Paraguay, and China. Congo beat Kazakhstan, Iran, and Chile in their group. As noted by RÚV, although the cup awarded for 25th place at the World Championship is not the most sought-after, it is certainly “more enjoyable to win it than not.”

The match will be broadcast live on the RÚV 2 channel at 7.20 PM tonight.

A presidential promise

“It would mean a great deal to us. It’s a cup, even though it’s an unusual one. This is not our first do-or-die match in this tournament, and we have prepared accordingly. It’s a certain art. Winning this match would mean a great deal to us. We learned a lot from another do-or-die match against Angola. It gave us experience. Now we are heading into a do-or-die match that we intend to win. Hopefully, it will bring us the cup and more experience,” Arnar Pétursson, Head Coach of the women’s national handball team, stated in an interview with Morgunblaðið yesterday.

In an interview with Mbl.is on December 7, goalkeeper Hafdís Renötudóttir stated that the team aimed to win the President’s Cup so that the trophy could be displayed at the Presidential residence at Bessastaðir. “The match against Angola was disappointing. We plan to make up for that and win this cup. The President has told us that he will display it at Bessastadir after we win it.”

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