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Champions Egypt get soft African Nations Cup qualifying draw

CAIRO: The 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying draw treated newly crowned champions Egypt and runners-up Ivory Coast generously. Egypt are in Group 2 with minnows Botswana, Burundi and Mauritania and the Pharaohs should finish first by a wide margin and secure a berth at the 16-nation tournament in Ghana. Ivory Coast, losers after a penalty …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt heads large entry for African Nations Cup draw

CAIRO: Defending champions Egypt head a 47-country entry for the 2008 African Nations Cup qualifying competition draw to be made here today. Until two years ago, title holders were automatic entrants for the biennial tournament won by hosts Egypt for a record fifth time two weeks ago after a penalty shootout against Ivory Coast. But …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

More glory beckons for Egypt as Al-Ahly eye African Super Cup

CAIRO: More international football glory beckons for Egypt just two weeks after winning the African Cup of Nations. Local club Al-Ahly host FAR Rabat of Morocco Friday in the annual, one-off African Super Cup match between the holders of the African Champions League and the African Confederation Cup. The appealing fixture will be staged at …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egypt and Nigeria big movers after African Cup of Nations

ZURICH, Switzerland: Egypt has reached its highest position in world football in eight years on the back of its fifth African Cup of Nations title in FIFA s monthly world rankings released Wednesday. Egypt rose 15 places to 17th in February s rankings, with Nigeria up 12 positions to 12th. African Cup semi-finalist Cameroon is …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Credit where credit is due

CAIRO: At approximately 9:00 pm Friday night, Mohamed Aboutrika sent his penalty shot into the back of the net, bringing Egypt the African Cup of Nations title. Egyptian goalkeeper Essam Al Hadari raced after Aboutrika immediately following the goal, and the celebrations began. At the stadium, across Cairo and throughout Egypt, people came together in …

Joseph Mayton

One to remember

CAIRO: The 25th African Cup of Nations produced many memorable moments throughout three weeks of highly-competitive football, with Egypt winning the prestigious title for the fifth time and setting a new record of winning the title. Backed by an eager crowd of 74,100 at Cairo International Stadium, the pharaohs faced Ivory Coast; a young vigorous …

Daily News Egypt

Africa won't budge on Cup timing, demands respect

CAIRO: Africa s ruling football body insisted on Friday there will be no going back on the timing of the Nations Cup, despite pressure from European clubs. There was also a rebuke from the Confederation of African Football for managers in Europe who try to hold on to their African players during the finals, with …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Moment of pride beckons for Drogba

CAIRO: Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba says lifting the African Nations Cup in Friday s final against Egypt is a matter of pride. Drogba, wearing the captain s armband in Egypt, has been vital to his team s run to the final, notably scoring the only goal in their semi-final with Nigeria and the penalty …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Mido banned, teammates claim verdict too harsh

CAIRO: Egyptian striker Mido should not have rowed with team coach Hassan Shehata but his instant six-month ban is too harsh, his teammates said on Wednesday. Mido will miss Friday s African Nations Cup final against the Ivory Coast after his furious exchange with Shehata after being substituted 12 minutes from the end of Tuesday …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Egyptians want revenge for '86 claims Coly

CAIRO: Hosts Egypt will be out to avenge their defeat by Senegal in the opening match of the 1986 African Nations Cup when they meet in the semi-finals here on Tuesday, claimed the Senegalese captain Ferdinand Coly. The veteran defender told AFP that the Pharaohs had never forgotten the shame of the defeat on home …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

The semi's await

CAIRO: After 90 minutes of strenuous football, followed by injury time and two periods of extra time, the penalty shootout becomes the only way of deciding a winner. Such was the case in Saturday s two quarter-finals at the 25th African Cup of Nations, as the indomitable lions of Cameroon lost to the Ivory Coast …

Daily News Egypt

Tunisia coach satisfied despite elimination

PORT SAID: Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre said he was departing the African Nations Cup on Sunday satisfied with the performance of his team and their prospects for this year s World Cup finals in Germany. The veteran French trainer, who won the Nations Cup with Tunisia two years ago, said his side had profited enormously …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

One-on-one with Nejtab Geremi

CAIRO: Cameroon s right back Nejtab Geremi has vowed that the Lions of Cameroon are determined to go as far as it takes to win the 25th African Cup of Nations. We are set to give all that it takes to become champions of Africa once again, regardless of the opponents we will be facing …

Daily News Egypt

Mido and crowd hold key for Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt are hoping they will be able to bank on top striker Mido and a fickle home crowd in Friday s African Nations Cup quarter-final against the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mido is an injury doubt for the host nation after picking up a groin strain in Saturday s 3-1 win over World Cup-bound …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

And now for the quarter-finals.

CAIRO: Over the span of 11 days, 16 nations at the 25th African Cup of Nations fought to cement their place in the quarter-finals. After injuries, extra-time and plenty of heart-stopping moments, only eight can continue the race toward the prestigious title. Twenty-four games have been played thus far, and football analysts, viewers and players …

Daily News Egypt

No regrets for Lemerre after Tunisia humbled

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Tunisia coach Roger Lemerre says he has no regrets over fielding a weakened side that lost 3-0 to Guinea in their final group match at the African Nations Cup on Monday. Leading scorer Francileudo dos Santos was among the players rested by the Frenchman, who decided to experiment rather than make sure of …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

No money, no quarter-final say DR Congo

GIZA, Cairo: Democratic Republic of Congo will not play their African Nations Cup quarter-final against Egypt if bonuses are not paid in time, coach Claude LeRoy said on Monday. DR Congo nearly boycotted their opening Group B game against Togo over unpaid bonuses for reaching these finals. A fresh row has now broken over cash …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

Angola finally wins but misses out on quarterfinals

CAIRO: Only one goal separated Angola from a quarterfinal place at the African Cup of Nations. It could have come even at a different stadium and the Black Antelopes would have made the last eight. But Angola headed home despite Sunday s 3-2 win at Cairo sInternational Stadium – their first victory at the championship …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

A night to remember

CAIRO: With a splendid – if somewhat unexpected – 3-1 victory against the Ivory Coast, Egypt has made its way into the quarter-finals atop of Group A. The win, while a boon for Egyptian fans, sends Morocco, runners-up two years ago, packing, without having netted a single goal through their matches. Egypt added three valuable …

Daily News Egypt

Injured Mido hopes to make quick recovery

CAIRO: Egypt striker Mido hopes to make a quick recovery from the injury that forced him off the pitch early in Saturday s African Nations Cup win over Ivory Coast. Mido suffered a groin strain and was forced to leave the pitch in the 24th minute as Egypt won 3-1 to clinch top place in …

Daily Star Egypt Staff

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