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2008 Africa Cup of Nations
MTN Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008

Africa Cup of Nations 2008 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Ghana
Dates 20 January – 10 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Egypt (6th title)
Runners-up  Cameroon
Third place  Ghana
Fourth place  Ivory Coast
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 99 (3.09 per match)
Attendance 714,000 (22,313 per match)
Top scorer(s) Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (5 goals)
Best player Egypt Hosny Abd Rabo
2006
2010

The 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the MTN Africa Cup of Nations due to the competition's sponsorship by MTN, was the 26th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial football tournament for nations affiliated to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament was staged at four venues around Ghana between 20 January and 10 February 2008. Egypt won the tournament, beating Cameroon 1–0 in the final. With 99 goals, it was the highest-scoring Africa Cup of Nations ever.

Background[edit]

Ghana won the right to host the tournament after defeating Libya 9–3 in a vote among Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee members in Cairo. South Africa withdrew their bid after winning the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

Host venues[edit]

Accra Kumasi
Ohene Djan Stadium Baba Yara Stadium
Ohene Djan stadium, Accra.jpg Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.jpg
Capacity: 40,000[1] Capacity: 40,528
Tamale Sekondi-Takoradi
Tamale Stadium Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium
Stadium tamale2.jpg Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium 2008.jpg
Capacity: 21,017 Capacity: 20,088

Squads[edit]

Qualification[edit]

The entrants were divided into 12 groups. All group winners and the best three runners-up from groups with four teams (groups 2-11) qualified for the finals. Host Ghana qualified automatically. Qualifying took place between 2 September 2006 and 13 October 2007.

Teams[edit]

A map of Africa showing the qualified nations, highlighted by stage reached.
  •  Ghana – Host, 16th appearance (4 titles)
  •  Ivory Coast – Group 1 winner, 17th appearance (1 title)
  •  Egypt – Group 2 winner, 21st appearance (5 titles)
  •  Nigeria – Group 3 winner, 15th appearance (2 titles)
  •  Sudan – Group 4 winner, 7th appearance (1 title)
  •  Cameroon – Group 5 winner, 15th appearance (4 titles)
  •  Angola – Group 6 winner, 4th appearance
  •  Senegal – Group 7 winner, 11th appearance
  •  Guinea – Group 8 winner, 9th appearance
  •  Mali – Group 9 winner, 5th appearance
  •  Namibia – Group 10 winner, 2nd appearance
  •  Zambia – Group 11 winner, 13th appearance
  •  Morocco – Group 12 winner, 13th appearance (1 title)
  •  Tunisia – Group 4 runner-up, 13th appearance (1 title)
  •  Benin – Group 9 runner-up, 2nd appearance
  •  South Africa – Group 11 runner-up, 7th appearance (1 title)

Match officials[edit]

16 referees and 16 assistant referees were selected for the tournament, including two from Japan and one from South Korea.[2]

Referees Assistant Referees
Algeria Mohamed Benouza Algeria Brahim Djezzar
Cameroon Divine Evehe Cameroon Evarist Menkouande
Japan Yuichi Nishimura Japan Toru Sagara
Morocco Abderrahim El Arjoun Morocco Redouane Achik
South Africa Jerome Damon South Africa Enock Molefe
Togo Kokou Djaoupe Togo Komi Konyoh
Tunisia Kacem Bennaceur Tunisia Bechir Hassani
Algeria Djamel Haimoudi South Korea Jeong Hae-Sang
Benin Coffi Codjia Rwanda Celestin Ntagungira
The Gambia Modou Sowe Eritrea Angesom Ogbamariam
Ghana Alex Kotey Burundi Desire Gahungu
Mali Koman Coulibaly Burkina Faso Lassina Paré
Senegal Badara Diatta Nigeria Peter Edibe
Seychelles Eddy Maillet Angola Inacio Manuel Candido
Uganda Muhmed Ssegonga Egypt Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi
Zimbabwe Kenias Marange Zambia Kenneth Chichenga

Seeding and grouping procedure[edit]

The draw for the tournament took place on 19 October 2007. The sixteen teams were divided into four pots according to their performances in past Cup of Nations tournaments. Ghana, as host, were automatically seeded as the top team in Group A. Egypt, the defending champions, were seeded as the top team in Group C.[3] Each group consists of four teams, one drawn from each of the pots.

  • Pot 1: Ghana (Group A), Egypt (Group C), Nigeria, Tunisia
  • Pot 2: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal
  • Pot 3: Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Zambia
  • Pot 4: Angola, Benin, Namibia, Sudan

Tournament ball[edit]

During the previous editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, the ball used was not a ball especially made for the tournament. As the tournament was held on even years, the same years big tournaments such as the UEFA European Cup of Nations or the FIFA World Cup were held, the official ball for the tournament held this year was used for the African Cup of Nations: the Adidas Roteiro in 2004, or the Adidas Teamgeist in 2006. However, for the 2008 tournament, Adidas made a special ball, clearly different from the Adidas Europass going to be used five months later for the Euro. The ball was named Wawa Aba and was designed to include host nation Ghana’s red, yellow and green. The ball was later used for the other African competitions.

For the Akan culture originating from Western Africa, the name Wawa Aba is a symbol of persistence. People there particularly believe in the strength and team spirit of a community. The Wawa Aba is the seed of the Wawa tree, one of the strongest and most processible woods of Africa. For the population, the Wawa Aba mainly has mystical significance. These are people who don’t let failure discourage them, who seize all opportunities successfully and who are thus just as strong and adaptable as the Wawa Aba.

Group stage[edit]

Key to colors in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

Where two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:[4]

  1. points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. number of away goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
  5. goal difference in all group matches;
  6. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. drawing of lots by the organizing committee.

All times given as local time (UTC+0)

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Guinea 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Morocco 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
 Namibia 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1
20 January 2008
17:00
Ghana  2 – 1  Guinea
A. Gyan Goal 55' (pen.)
Muntari Goal 90'
Report Kalabane Goal 65'
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

21 January 2008
15:00
Namibia  1 – 5  Morocco
Brendell Goal 24' Report Alloudi Goal 1'5'28'
Sektioui Goal 40' (pen.)
Zerka Goal 74'
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Divine Evehe (Cameroon)

24 January 2008
17:00
Guinea  3 – 2  Morocco
Feindouno Goal 11'63' (pen.)
Bangoura Goal 59'
Report Aboucherouane Goal 60'
Ouaddou Goal 90'
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa)

24 January 2008
19:30
Ghana  1 – 0  Namibia
Agogo Goal 41' Report
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur (Tunisia)

28 January 2008
17:00
Ghana  2 – 0  Morocco
Essien Goal 26'
Muntari Goal 45'
Report
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Modou Sowe (Gambia)

28 January 2008
17:00
Guinea  1 – 1  Namibia
Youla Goal 62' Report Brendell Goal 80'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Nigeria 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
 Mali 3 1 1 1 1 3 -2 4
 Benin 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6 0
21 January 2008
17:00
Nigeria  0 – 1  Ivory Coast
Report Kalou Goal 66'

21 January 2008
19:45[5]
Mali  1 – 0  Benin
Kanouté Goal 49' (pen.) Report

25 January 2008
17:00
Ivory Coast  4 – 1  Benin
Drogba Goal 40'
Y. Touré Goal 44'
Keïta Goal 53'
Dindane Goal 63'
Report Omotoyossi Goal 90'

25 January 2008
19:30
Nigeria  0 – 0  Mali
Report

29 January 2008
17:00
Nigeria  2 – 0  Benin
Mikel Goal 53'
Yakubu Goal 86'
Report

29 January 2008
17:00
Ivory Coast  3 – 0  Mali
Drogba Goal 9'
Zoro Goal 54'
Sanogo Goal 86'
Report
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7
 Cameroon 3 2 0 1 10 5 +5 6
 Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
 Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9 0
22 January 2008
17:00
Egypt  4 – 2  Cameroon
Hosny Goal 14' (pen.)82'
Zidan Goal 17'45'
Report Eto'o Goal 51'90' (pen.)
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Modou Sowe (Gambia)

22 January 2008
19:30
Sudan  0 – 3  Zambia
Report Chamanga Goal 2'
J. Mulenga Goal 50'
F. Katongo Goal 59'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)

26 January 2008
17:00
Cameroon  5 – 1  Zambia
Geremi Goal 28'
Job Goal 32'82'
Emana Goal 44'
Eto'o Goal 66' (pen.)
Report C. Katongo Goal 90'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

26 January 2008
19:30
Egypt  3 – 0  Sudan
Hosny Goal 29' (pen.)
Aboutreika Goal 78'83'
Report
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

30 January 2008
17:00
Cameroon  3 – 0  Sudan
Eto'o Goal 27' (pen.)90'
El Khider Goal 33' (o.g.)
Report
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kokou Djaoupe (Togo)

30 January 2008
17:00
Egypt  1 – 1  Zambia
Zaki Goal 15' Report C. Katongo Goal 88'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tunisia 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
 Angola 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Senegal 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 2
 South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 2
23 January 2008
17:00
Tunisia  2 – 2  Senegal
Jemâa Goal 9'
Traoui Goal 82'
Report Bayal Sall Goal 45'
Kamara Goal 66'
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

23 January 2008
19:30
South Africa  1 – 1  Angola
van Heerden Goal 87' Report Manucho Goal 29'
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

27 January 2008
17:00
Senegal  1 – 3  Angola
Diagne-Faye Goal 20' Report Manucho Goal 50'67'
Flávio Goal 78'
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Modou Sowe (Gambia)

27 January 2008
19:30
Tunisia  3 – 1  South Africa
Santos Goal 8'34'
Ben Saada Goal 32'
Report Mphela Goal 87'
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Kokou Djaoupe (Togo)

31 January 2008
17:00
Senegal  1 – 1  South Africa
H. Camara Goal 36' Report van Heerden Goal 14'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Alex Kotey (Ghana)

31 January 2008
17:00
Tunisia  0 – 0  Angola
Report
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
3 February - Accra        
  Ghana  2
7 February - Accra
  Nigeria  1  
  Ghana  0
4 February - Tamale
    Cameroon  1  
  Tunisia  2
10 February - Accra
  Cameroon  3  
  Cameroon  0
3 February - Sekondi
    Egypt  1
  Ivory Coast  5
7 February - Kumasi
  Guinea  0  
  Ivory Coast  1 Third place
4 February - Kumasi
    Egypt  4  
  Egypt  2   Ghana  4
  Angola  1     Ivory Coast  2
9 February - Kumasi

Quarter-finals[edit]

3 February 2008
17:00
Ghana  2 – 1  Nigeria
Essien Goal 45+2'
Agogo Goal 83'
Report Yakubu Goal 35' (pen.)
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

3 February 2008
20:30
Ivory Coast  5 – 0  Guinea
Keïta Goal 25'
Drogba Goal 70'
Kalou Goal 72'81'
B. Koné Goal 85'
Report
Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

4 February 2008
17:00
Egypt  2 – 1  Angola
Hosny Goal 23' (pen.)
Zaki Goal 38'
Report Manucho Goal 27'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

4 February 2008
20:30
Tunisia  2 – 3 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon
Ben Saada Goal 34'
Chikhaoui Goal 81'
Report Mbia Goal 18'93'
Geremi Goal 27'
Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Semi-finals[edit]

7 February 2008
17:00
Ghana  0 – 1  Cameroon
Report N'Kong Goal 72'
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Abderahim El Arjoune (Morocco)

7 February 2008
20:30
Ivory Coast  1 – 4  Egypt
Keita Goal 63' Report Fathy Goal 12'
Zaki Goal 61'67'
Aboutrika Goal 90+1'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

3rd place[edit]

9 February 2008
17:00
Ghana  4 – 2  Ivory Coast
Muntari Goal 10'
Owusu-Abeyie Goal 70'
Agogo Goal 80'
Dramani Goal 84'
Report Sanogo Goal 24'32'
Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa)

Final[edit]

10 February 2008
17:00
Cameroon  0 – 1  Egypt
Report Aboutrika Goal 77'
Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Winners[edit]

 2008 Africa Cup of Nations Winners 

Egypt
Sixth title

Awards[edit]

Best Goalkeeper[edit]

Best XI[edit]

The following players were selected as the best in their respective positions, based on their performances throughout the tournament. Their performances were analysed by the tournament's Technical Study Group (TSG), who picked the team.[7]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Egypt Essam El-Hadary

Cameroon Geremi Njitap
Egypt Wael Gomaa
Ghana Michael Essien

Ghana Sulley Muntari
Ivory Coast Yaya Touré
Cameroon Alexandre Song
Egypt Hosny Abd Rabo
Egypt Mohamed Aboutrika

Egypt Amr Zaki
Angola Manucho

Substitutes

Scorers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohene Djan Stadium will last "forever"- Micheletti". ghananewsagency.org. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Referees
  3. ^ Caf release Cup of Nations' seeds, "BBC Sport", 18 October 2007. Accessed 4 February 2008.
  4. ^ Article 5, paragraph 13 in the Regulations of the XXVth Africa Cup of Nations guide.
  5. ^ Kick-off delayed by 15 minutes due to floodlight failure
  6. ^ "Abd Rabou wins best player award". BBC Sport. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  7. ^ "CAF names Best XI for Ghana 2008 ACN". cafonline.com. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 

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