Egypt's handball coach Roberto Parrondo praised his team after their loss to defending champions Denmark at the World Men's Handball Championship.
The hosts took Denmark to penalty throws after the two sides could not be separated after normal time and four extra periods of their quarter-final match.
It meant Egypt are the 7th ranked nation at the tournament, the same place as 1999 when they also hosted the tournament, jsut short of their fourth place in 2001.
However it is the best performance by an African nation since Tunisia finished fourth on home soil in 2005.
"There's nothing I can say after this match," the Spanish coach said.
"We played against the world champions, they are a big team and the only team who have yet to draw or lose yet we only lose on penalty throws.
"My goal now is to keep evolving this team for the future. We have a strong team who can face the biggest teams in the world."
France-based Egyptian player Mohamed Sanad echoed his coach's sentiments.
"I have nothing to say, I'm extremely disappointed because we weren't lucky enough," said Sanad.
"The entire world saw what we can do, I'm extremely proud of my teammates and our coaches. We were up to the task many times.
"We knew Denmark are a massive opponent but we are also a big team. We came into the match wanting to win but sadly, it wasn't to be.
"I can't blame anyone for feeling sad. I believe in us, and in our ability to prepare well for the Olympics."
Final rankings for African nations:
- Egypt - 7th
- Algeria - 22nd
- Tunisia - 25th
- DR Congo - 28th
- Morocco - 29th
- Angola - 30th
- Cape Verde - 32nd (with drew after just one match due to Covid-19)