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An 85th minute goal from super sub Mohamed Gedo was enough to secure a third consecutive African Nations Cup trophy for the Pharaohs. A heroic performance from a youthful and injury ravaged Ghana side was not enough to lift the trophy, despite giving Egypt their most vexing test of the tournament.
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They said the Ghana squad was young . . .
For Egypt, records are there to be broken, and that’s what Hassan Shehata has done by monopolising the tournament over …

After emphatically crushing North African rivals Angola 4-0 in the semi-final, Egypt go into the 2010 African Cup of Nations final against Ghana in search of bringing the trophy back to Egypt for a record third consecutive time.
The Black Stars’ clearance of the final hurdle was not so convincing, but a solid performance earned them a 1-0 victory over Nigeria. And they will be well aware of the task ahead of them if they want to prove themselves as the best team in Africa. Egypt have been a far superior …

In the African Cup of Nations semi-final, Egypt went on to put a humiliating four goals past the eight men of Angola. Yes, you read it correctly, eight. Hosny Abd Rabo’s first half penalty proved not to be as big a turning point as first thought, as Algeria lost all discipline. A game which had been describe as a “war” saw the Pharaohs take revenge for the bitter loss in November’s World Cup play-off.
Egypt had the better of the early exchanges, with their free-flowing football probing for an opening. The …

In an era when rivalries in international football are few and far between, the 2010 African Cup of Nations semi-final draw has thrown up an enticing one. The two sides met in qualification, a game which Egypt won 2-0, but one which was overshadowed by fans hurling stones at the Algeria team bus. The sides then met once again in the World Cup playoff, yet this time the rivalry surpassed boiling point. Post-match stimulated headlines of ‘machete-wielding crowds’ and off-the-field events added to the disappointment.
Hassan Shehata, however, wants to forget …

Egypt 3 (Hassan 37, 95, Gedo 92)
Cameroon 1 (Hassan o.g. 25)
Two goals in five minutes at the beginning of extra-time ended Cameroon’s CAF 2010 dream as Egypt progressed to the semi-final and kept alive their record-breaking third straight trophy attempt.
Unfortunately though the match ended amidst controversy, after Ahmed Hassan’s third goal was allowed to stand with replays clearly showing the ball had not crossed the line.

Hassan celebrates second goal

Cameroon started the match in determined fashion as they looked to end the Egyptian stranglehold on the competition and after a flurry …

An Ahmed Hassan brace was the deciding factor as Egypt required 120 minutes to overcome Cameroon and reach the semi-finals. The Indomitable Lions were hoping to atone for their final heartbreak in 2008, in the hands of the Pharaohs, but once again find themselves asking “where did it all go wrong?”
Cameroon probably had the better of the early exchanges, looking promising in attack, yet somewhat lacking a cutting edge. And they looked in poll position after 26 minutes, when Egypt captain Hassan failed to deal with a near post corner, …

Despite having been crowned champions at the last two African Nations Cups, Egypt’s impressive campaign hitherto has somewhat surprised many. They came into the tournament without possibly their most influential player, in Mohamed Aboutrika, and not too many players of which the side consists are particularly well known. That is because the majority of the ‘Pharaohs’ play their football in Egypt, but that also means they have been playing together for some time and have formed quite a bond.
Egypt now face Cameroon in the quarter-finals, who are now under more …

There’s been something a little placid about the Indomitable Lions in CAF 2010 thus far. As their name suggests, subdued qualification by the tightest of margins, hardly resembles an aura of unconquerable invincibility. But a saving strike from unlikely hero, Landry N’Guemo, has at least conceived Cameroon a platform. Whether they view themselves as just being happy to remain in contention or are now prepared to register a challenge will fuel debate. However, one certainty is the pedigree and modern romance their quarter-final opponents feel for this competition.

N’Guemo’s goal keeps …

A 2-0 win over Benin in their final Round 1 fixture means Egypt top Group C with an untarnished record. Having taken a 100% record in the tournament into the match, Egypt knew the result would have no bearing on their progression from the group, but Hassan Shehata still wanted to take the current momentum into the quarter-finals.

Mohamed Zidan was the most notable player to be given a rest
Two first half goals were enough to seal the three points, with Ahmed Al Muhammadi opening the scoring with a stunning, if …

A 2-0 victory over Mozambique was enough for Egypt to attain a quarter-final place in the 2010 African Cup of Nations. The breakthrough didn’t come until the second half, when Dario Khan diverted an awkward Fathi cross into the back of the Mozambique net. Mohamed Gedo made it 2-0 late on, after he hit a superb volley on the turn, making it two goals from two substitute appearances in the competition.
The win means the Pharaohs have now gone 15 games without defeat in the ANC, a record for the continental tournament. …