Tunisia’s hockey team won the African Ice Hockey Championship on Saturday in Rabat, Morocco.
Competing against teams from Morocco, Algeria, and Egypt, Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles squad swept through the competition, becoming the first ice hockey champions of Africa.
The team beat the Rabat Capitals of Morocco 8-7 in a tightly fought match in the Moroccan capital.
Team captain Amine Van De Putte told reporters: “I am proud of the team, staff, and supporters.”
Van de Putte wore the name “Fahem” on his jersey during the matches, in tribute to his late biological father, Riyad Fahem, a talented goal scorer for Tunisia’s national football team.
Like Fahem, Van de Putte is also a prolific goal scorer, putting his father’s talented genes on display for fans of hockey.
For Ihab Ayed, the president and founder of the Tunisian Hockey Association, the tournament victory is complete validation for all of the work he has put in.
“It was the best day of my life. I feel proud and happy. This championship has given me the strength to go further and continue to grow Tunisia’s hockey program,” he said.