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Egypt make it three in a row

January 31, 2010

Mohamed Gedo celebrates scoring yet another goal as Egypt triumph again - eurosport

Egypt 1 Ghana 0
31 January 2010
African Cup of Nations
Estadio 11 Novembro, Luanda

Egypt won their third African Cup of Nations in a row, and seventh in total, with a 1-0 win over Ghana this afternoon.

Mohamed Gedo’s curled finish five minutes from time ensured the Pharoahs, who were unfancied before this year’s tournament, celebrated their continued dominance of African football despite not qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

Gedo finishes the tournament as top scorer, with all five of his goals coming after he came off the subsitute bench. This time he replaced Emad Moteab, who had a quiet game following a series of good performances, with 20 minutes to go.

The Egyptians’ triumph came in front of 45,000 fans – a pleasing number considering the low turnout in many games so far.

Ghana, who have not won the title since 1982, seem to be a resurgant African force with a well-organised spine, and the fact they reached the final with some fine performances despite the loss of Michael Essien and other important players is an undoubted credit to them.

But it was Egypt’s day, and Egypt’s tournament. Their array of attacking talent, in particular Moteab and Mohammed Zidan, was augmented during the tournament by their disciplined defence, veteran captain Ahmed Hasan in midfield, and, of course, a magnificent contribution from Gedo.

It is only a shame we will not see them in South Africa in June.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2010 3:57 am

    It is only a shame we will not see them in South Africa in June.

  2. graham s permalink
    February 4, 2010 11:51 am

    Thats how much the World cares about the African Cup of Nations. Not 1 comment on any of the articles.

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