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/ 15 February 2008

The riddle of the sphinx

First things first: the best team won. Many, including myself, dismissed Egypt’s chances of defending their crown because of a ropey qualifying campaign and because they lost a number of important players from their 2006 squad. But the Pharaohs showed that their domestic league continues to cultivate quality footballers.

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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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/ 5 February 2008

Cameroon muscle their way into semis

Cameroon have muscled their way to the semifinals of the African Nations Cup, using raw physical power to knock opponents out of their stride. Tunisia, themselves not afraid to put themselves about, were almost literally pushed aside as Cameroon won Monday’s quarterfinal 3-2 after extra time.

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/ 18 January 2008

For club or country?

There has been much debate about whether the African Cup of Nations should be held at the end of the European season so that there is not a club-versus-country clash. Two football experts discuss the pros and cons. The continental showpiece kicks off in Ghana on Sunday.