The women's handball team of Cameroon secured a significant victory in the preliminary round of the World Handball Championship on Monday, December 4, defeating Paraguay with a score of 26-23. This triumph, fueled notably by Paola Ebanga who scored 9 goals and earned the title of Player of the Match, marked a historic achievement for the senior women's national team. This is the first time they have advanced to the main round, breaking the pattern of early exits from the group stage in their three previous appearances at the International Handball Federation (IHF) Women's World Championship in 2005, 2017, and 2021.
"We aim to reach the main round, and we believe we have what it takes. We're going to give it everything we've got and go all out," said coach Bérin Njantou before the tournament kicked off in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark from November 29 to December 17, 2023. Despite initial setbacks with defeats to Montenegro (11-25) on November 30 and Hungary (20-39) on December 2 in Group B, Cameroon secured qualification based on a better goal difference, with a draw proving sufficient.
Now positioned in Group 1 of the main round alongside Montenegro and Hungary, Cameroon will carry forward the two points earned in the preliminary round. Their focus shifts to competing for a spot in the quarter-finals. Notably, Angola, the reigning African champions, has also successfully advanced to the second round.