Wednesday 13th February, 2008

 

African cup of nations at a glance

 
 
 
 
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ACCRA, Ghana — Egypt won its sixth African Cup of Nations title, and second in a row, by beating Cameroon 1-0 Sunday in the final.

Mohamed Aboutreika scored the only goal in the 77th minute, converting Mohamed Zidan’s cross for his fourth goal of the tournament.

Cameroon coach Otto Pfister had been trying to become only the second German to win the African title. It was his second attempt after leading Ghana to the 1992 final against Ivory Coast.

Winfried Schafer won the 2002 title with Cameroon.

Using Samuel Eto’o as a lone striker, Cameroon created a few chances in the match.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Ghanian President John Kufuor and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho attended the match.

It was a crucial error from captain Rigobert Song that led to Aboutreika’s goal.

The Cameroon captain had two chances to clear the ball but instead got tangled in a needless duel with Zidan and lost the ball. Zidan squared it perfectly and Aboutreika finished powerfully in the bottom right corner.

Realizing his error, Song pulled his shirt into his mouth and pointed to the skies, as if seeking forgiveness. Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni ran over and comforted Song.

Cameroon struggled to get shots on goal and there was no player on hand to turn home Stephane M’Bia’s cross in the 83rd. Song had a chance in injury time but headed Geremi’s cross over.

Egypt dominated the second half, negating the threat from Eto’o, who received hardly any passes and failed to score for the third straight match.

Hosni Abd Rabou hit the post with a header from Amr Zaky’s cross in the 62nd as the Indomitable Lions tired.

Early pressure from Egypt meant Kameni had to save Sayed Moawad’s long shot in the 10th, and Kameni was almost lobbed moments later when his poor clearance landed at Aboutreika’s feet.

Pfister was forced into an early change when Alexandre Song Bilong limped off in the 16th and was replaced by Augustin Binya. Song Bilong had strapping on his right thigh.

Cameroon’s first chance of the match came in the 18th, but Geremi’s free kick from 30 meters (yards) was saved by Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary.

Cameroon looked solid in the middle, but Egypt often found outlets down each flank. Eto’o at last found some space in the penalty area but could not guide his shot on target in the 36th.

FIRST ROUND

GROUP A

Team P W D L GF GA Pts

x-Ghana 3 3 0 0 5 1 9

x-Guinea 3 1 1 1 5 5 4

Morocco 3 1 0 2 7 6 3

Namibia 3 0 1 2 2 7 0

x-advanced to quarterfinals

Sunday, Jan. 20

At Accra, Ghana

Ghana 2, Guinea 1

Monday, Jan. 21

At Accra, Ghana

Morocco 5, Namibia 1

Thursday, Jan. 24

At Accra, Ghana

Guinea 3, Morocco 2

Ghana 1, Namibia 0

Monday, Jan. 28

At Accra, Ghana

Ghana 2, Morocco 0

At Sekondi, Ghana

Guinea 1, Namibia 1

GROUP B

Team GP W D L GF GA Pts

x-Ivory

Coast 3 3 0 0 8 1 9

x-Nigeria 3 1 1 1 2 1 4

Mali 3 1 1 1 1 3 4

Benin 3 0 0 3 1 7 0

x-advanced to quarterfinals

Monday, Jan. 21

At Sekondi, Ghana

Ivory Coast 1, Nigeria 0

Mali 1, Benin 0

Friday, Jan. 25

At Sekondi, Ghana

Ivory Coast 4, Benin 1

Nigeria 0, Mali 0

Tuesday, Jan. 29

At Sekondi, Ghana

Nigeria 2, Benin 0

At Accra, Ghana

Ivory Coast 3, Mali 0

GROUP C

Team GP W D L GF GA Pts

x-Egypt 3 2 1 0 8 3 7

x-Cameroon 3 2 0 1 10 5 6

Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 6 4

Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 9 0

x-advanced to quarterfinals

Tuesday, Jan. 22

At Kumasi, Ghana

Egypt 4, Cameroon 2

Zambia 3, Sudan 0

Saturday, Jan. 26

At Kumasi, Ghana

Cameroon 5, Zambia 1

Egypt 3, Sudan 0

Wednesday, Jan. 30

At Kumasi, Ghana

Egypt 1, Zambia 1

At Tamale, Ghana

Cameroon 3, Sudan 0

GROUP D

Team GP W D L GF GA Pts

x-Tunisia 3 1 2 0 5 3 5

x-Angola 3 1 2 0 4 2 5

Senegal 3 0 2 1 4 6 2

S Africa 3 0 2 1 3 5 2

x-advanced to quarterfinals

Wednesday, Jan. 23

At Tamale, Ghana

Tunisia 2, Senegal 2

South Africa 1, Angola 1

Sunday, Jan. 27

At Tamale, Ghana

Angola 3, Senegal 1

Tunisia 3, South Africa 1

Thursday, Jan. 31

At Tamale, Ghana

Tunisia 0, Angola 0

At Kumasi, Ghana

Senegal 1, South Africa 1

QUARTERFINALS

Sunday, Feb. 3

At Accra, Ghana

Ghana 2, Nigeria 1

At Sekondi, Ghana

Ivory Coast 5, Guinea 0

Monday, Feb. 4

At Kumasi, Ghana

Egypt 2, Angola 1

At Tamale, Ghana

Cameroon 3, Tunisia 2, extra time

SEMIFINALS

Thursday, Feb. 7

At Accra, Ghana

Cameroon 1, Ghana 0

At Kumasi, Ghana

Egypt 4, Ivory Coast 1

THIRD PLACE

Saturday, Feb. 9

At Kumasi, Ghana

Ghana 4, Ivory Coast 2

FINAL

Sunday, Feb. 10

At Accra, Ghana

Egypt 1, Cameroon 0

 

 

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