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/ 21 February 2008

US not seeking military power in Africa

In a country teeming with resources the world covets, United States President George Bush sought on Wednesday to soothe African fears about American interests on the continent. He said the US is not aiming to make Africa into a base for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.

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/ 11 February 2008

Zidan revels in right decision

In 2006, Mohamed Zidan chose club over country and missed out on Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations win in Cairo. Fast forward two years to Accra on Sunday and the Hamburg striker was right in the thick of the Pharoahs’ successful title defence. Zidan set up Mohamed Aboutraika for the decisive 77th-minute goal in the 1-0 victory over Cameroon.

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/ 10 February 2008

Egypt win record sixth African crown

Egypt retained their Africa Cup of Nations crown on Sunday when Mohamed Aboutraika lifted the champions to a 1-0 win over Cameroon and a record sixth title. The defending champions ensured they held on to the trophy when, after a slick passing movement, Aboutraika struck in the 77th minute. ”We are delighted to win. It’s a great achievement,” said the al-Ahly star.

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/ 9 February 2008

Egypt bid to outwit Cameroon again

Holders Egypt are hoping their South American playing style will bring them success in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Cameroon on Sunday. Most of Egypt’s squad are home-based players but their free-flowing passing game has been lethal and they are confident of beating Cameroon.

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/ 8 February 2008

Holders Egypt to meet Cameroon in final

Holders Egypt and Cameroon will meet in Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final after two remarkable semifinals on Thursday condemned hot favourites Côte d’Ivoire and hosts Ghana to elimination. Defending champions Egypt ended Ivorian dreams with a 4-1 win in Kumasi, prompting thousands of celebrating fans to pour on to the streets in Cairo.