African Cup of Nations Final - 10/2/2008

African Cup of Nations Final – 10/2/2008

The defending champions Egypt won the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over rivals Cameroon. The final had looked as if it could be heading for extra time until the 77th minute when Mohamed Aboutrika broke the deadlock in front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 35,000 in the city of Accra (Ghana).

Cameroon upped the tempo towards the latter stages of the match, but struggled to create any openings. Egypt were always in control - their quality shone through, even though Cameroon’s physical presence was noticeable throughout the 90 minutes It was ironic that the Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was the top scorer for the tournament with five, although he ended up on the losing side in the final.

Egypt fully deserved their win and has now won the Africa Cup of Nations for a record sixth time. All eyes will be on Egypt during their campaign to qualify for the World Cup Finals in South Africa in 2010.

The tournament was a great advert for African attacking football, flair and entertainment which was reflected in the 32 matches played and there were 99 goals scored.
It will be interesting to compare this competition with the forthcoming Euro 2008 to be held in Switzerland.

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