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Pharaohs reign again
February 11th, 2008 6:45AM
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[AFRICAN NATIONS CUP] Egypt won the African Nations Cup for the sixth time when it beat Cameroon, 1-0, in Sunday's final on a late goal by Mohamed Aboutrika.

The Pharaohs are only the third team to successfully defend its title. Egypt won the first two competitions in 1957 and 1959 and Cameroon won back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2002.

Cameroon captain Rigobert Song was the goat. He was robbed of possession by substitute Mohamed Zidan, who laid the ball off for Aboutrika for the game's only goal.

Egypt had won, 4-2, when it met Cameroon in their opening game of the tournament, but Cameroon goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni stymied the defending champions with a point-blank save on Emad Moteab and a flying save on tournament MVP Hosni Abd Rabou.

GAME SUMMARIES:
Final

Feb. 10 in Accra
Egypt 1 Cameroon 0. Goal: Aboutereika 77.
Egypt -- El Hadari, Mohamed, H.Said, Gomaa, Fathi, A.Hassan, Abd Rabou, Moawad, Aboutereika (I.Said, 89), Zaki (Shawkey, 84), Motoeb (Zidan, 60).
Cameroon -- Kameni, Geremi, R.Song, Tchato, Atouba, A.Song (Binya, 16), Mbia, Emana (Idrissou, 56); Epalle (Mbami, 65), Eto'o, Nkong.
Referee: Coffi Codja (Benin).
Att.: 35,500.

Third-Place Game
Feb. 9 in Kumasi
Ghana 4 Ivory Coast 2. Goals:
Muntari 10, Owusu-Abeyie 70, Agogo 80, Dramani 84; Sanogo 24, 32
Ghana -- Kingson, Paintsil, Essien, Addo, Mensah, Sarpei, Annan, Muntari, Gyan (Owusu Abeyie, 20), Dramani (Asamoah, 90), Agogo (Afful 90).
Ivory Coast -- T.Kone, Tiene, Zoro, Zokora, Boka, Koffi Ndri, Fae (Dindane 83), K.Keita (Y.Toure, 64), Kalou (Yao Kouassi, 74), Drogba, Sanogo.
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa).
Att.: 34,000.

Semifinals
Feb. 7 in Kumasi
Egypt 4 Ivory Coast 1. Goals: Fathi 12, Zaki 62, 67, Aboutrika 90; K.Keita 63.
Ivory Coast -- Barry (Loboue, 39), Eboue, K.Toure, Meite, Boka, Zokora, Y.Toure, K.Keita, Kalou (B.Kone, 59), Dindane (A.Kone, 78), Drogba.
Egypt -- Al Hadari, Mohamed, H,Said, Gomaa, Moawad, Abd Rabou, A.Hassan, Fathi, Aboutrika, Moteab (Zidan, 68), Zaki (Said, 86)
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles).
Att.: 45,000.
Feb. 7 in Accra

Cameroon 1 Ghana 0. Goal: Nkong 71.
Ghana -- Kingson, Sarpei, Paintsil, Essien, Addo, Annan, Ayew (Barusso, 87), Muntari, Owusu Abeyie (Gyan 62), Dramani, Agogo.
Cameroon -- Kameni, Geremi, Bikey, R.Song, Atouba, Emana (Binya, 77), A.Song, Mbia, Job (Nkong, 63), Idrissou (Epalle, 46), Eto'o.
Red card: Cameroon -- Bikey 90+1.
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun (Morocco).
Att.: 30,000.

LEADING SCORERS:
5 - Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon)
4 - Hosni Abd Rabou (Egypt)
4 - Amr Zaki (Egypt)
4 - Manucho (Angola)
4 - Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
3 - Kader Keita (Ivory Coast)
3 - Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast)
3 - Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
3 - Junior Agogo (Ghana)
3 - Sulley Muntari (Ghana)
3 - Soufiane Alloudi (Morocco)

PAST CHAMPIONS:
Year - Champion (Host Country)
1957 - Egypt (Sudan)
1959 - Egypt (Egypt)
1962 - Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
1963 - Ghana (Ghana)
1965 - Ghana (Tunisia)
1968 - Congo-Kinshasa (Ethiopia)
1970 - Sudan (Sudan)
1972 - Congo (Cameroon)
1974 - Zaire (Egypt)
1976 - Morocco (Ethiopia)
1978 - Ghana (Ghana)
1980 - Nigeria (Nigeria)
1982 - Ghana (Libya)
1984 - Cameroon (Ivory Coast)
1986 - Egypt (Egypt)
1988 - Cameroon (Morocco)
1990 - Algeria (Algeria)
1992 - Ivory Coast (Senegal)
1994 - Nigeria (Tunisia)
1996 - South Africa (South Africa)
1998 - Egypt (Burkina Faso)
2000 - Cameroon (Ghana and Nigeria co-hosts)
2002 - Cameroon (Mali)
2004 - Tunisia (Tunisia)
2006 - Egypt (Egypt)
2008 - Egypt (Ghana)

 

 



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