Angola made a powerful start to the defence of their title at the delayed African Women’s Handball Championship in Cameroon.
The 2018 champions, seeking a hat-trick of titles, defeated debutants Cape Verde 39-14 at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex in their opening Group C match.
Group C now comprises three teams following the withdrawal of Algeria, with the other team being Congo.
Earlier in the evening the team Angola defeated 19-14 in the last final, Senegal, earned a 42-16 win over Madagascar, who are also making a first appearance at the tournament, in Group A.
The other two teams in Group A played out the final match of the day - 2014 champions Tunisia and Guinea, who have reached the quarter-finals in all three of their appearances.
At the end of a hugely competitive match, Tunisia emerged as 30-27 winners.
The top two teams in the three groups will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, with the two third-placed teams with the best records joining them.
This competition was supposed to take place from December 2 to 12 last year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Championship is scheduled to end on June 18, and will act as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Women's Handball Championship.
The top four teams will all qualify for the competition in Spain later this year.