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2010 Africa Cup of Nations
Taça de África das Nações de 2010
Africa Cup of Nations 2010 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Angola
Dates 10 – 31 January
Teams 15 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Egypt (7th title)
Runners-up  Ghana
Third place  Nigeria
Fourth place  Algeria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 71 (2.45 per match)
Attendance 543,500 (18,741 per match)
Top scorer(s) Egypt Gedo (5 goals)
Best player Egypt Ahmed Hassan
2008
2012

The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, was the 27th Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial football championship of Africa (CAF). It was held in Angola, where it began on 10 January 2010 and concluded on 31 January.[1][2]

In the tournament, the hosts Angola were to be joined by 15 nations who advanced from the qualification process that began in October 2007 and involved 53 African national teams. The withdrawal of Togo after a terrorist attack on their bus upon arriving for the tournament reduced the number of participating nations to 15. A total of 29 games were played, instead of the scheduled 32 games. Egypt won the tournament, their seventh ACN title and an unprecedented third in a row, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final.[3]

Host selection[edit]

Angola was awarded the right to host the tournament by CAF in a decision to rotate the hosting of the Cup and allow new nations like Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea a chance to host the tournament. Bids from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal were rejected. Gabon and Equatorial Guinea were also awarded the hosting rights to the 2012 Nations Cup, while Libya would be hosting the event for the second time in 2014. Two-time former host Nigeria is the reserve host for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Nations Cups, in the event that any of the host countries fails to meet the requirements established by CAF.

Qualification[edit]

The Confederation of African Football announced that the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification would also be the qualification for this tournament. Despite the fact Angola are the host of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, they also needed to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. A similar situation was true for South Africa. Although they will be the hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they still needed to compete in the qualification tournament in order to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.[4]

Qualified teams[edit]

A map of Africa showing the qualified nations, highlighted by stage reached.

Venues[edit]

Luanda Cabinda
Estádio 11 de Novembro Estádio Nacional do Chiazi
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Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 20,000
Benguela Lubango
Estádio Nacional de Ombaka Estádio Nacional da Tundavala
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Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 20,000

Draw[edit]

The draw for the final tournament took place on 20 November 2009 at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda, Angola. The 16 teams were split into four pots, with Pot 1 containing the top four seeded nations. Angola were seeded as hosts and Egypt as reigning holders. The remaining 14 teams were ranked based on their records in the three last editions of the competition. Cameroon and Côte d'Ivoire had the two strongest records and so completed the top seeded Pot 1. The four seeded teams were placed into their groups in advance of the final draw.[citation needed]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Angola
 Egypt
 Cameroon
 Ivory Coast

 Ghana
 Nigeria
 Tunisia
 Mali

 Zambia
 Benin
 Algeria
 Togo (withdrew)

 Burkina Faso
 Mozambique
 Gabon
 Malawi

Match officials[edit]

The following referees were chosen for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Referees Assistant Referees

Algeria Mohamed Benouza
Angola Hélder Martins de Carvalho
Benin Coffi Codjia
Ivory Coast Noumandiez Doue
Egypt Essam Abd El Fatah
Mali Koman Coulibaly
Mauritius Rajindraparsad Seechurn
Saudi Arabia Khalil Al Ghamdi
Senegal Badara Diatta
Seychelles Eddy Maillet
South Africa Daniel Bennett
South Africa Jerome Damon
Sudan Khalid Abdel Rahman
Togo Kokou Djaoupe
Tunisia Kacem Bennaceur
Uganda Muhmed Ssegonga

Angola Inácio Manuel Candido
Burundi Desire Gahungu
Cameroon Evarist Menkouande
Egypt Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi
Eritrea Angesom Ogbamariam
Ghana Ayuba Haruna
Iran Hassan Kamranifar
Libya Fooad El Maghrabi
Malawi Moffat Champiti
Morocco Redouane Achik
Nigeria Peter Edibe
Saudi Arabia Mohammed Al Ghamdi
South Africa Enock Molefe
Rwanda Celestin Ntagungira
Tunisia Bechir Hassani
Zambia Kenneth Chichenga

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:[5]

  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 matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. fair play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards;
  7. drawing of lots by the organising committee.

All times given as local time (UTC+1)

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Angola 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 Algeria 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2 4
 Mali 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4
 Malawi 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
10 January 2010
20:00
Angola  4–4  Mali
Flávio Goal 36'42'
Gilberto Goal 67' (pen.)
Manucho Goal 74' (pen.)
Report Keita Goal 79'90+3'
Kanouté Goal 88'
Yatabaré Goal 90+4'

11 January 2010
14:45
Malawi  3–0  Algeria
Mwafulirwa Goal 17'
Kafoteka Goal 35'
Banda Goal 48'
Report
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)

14 January 2010
17:00
Mali  0–1  Algeria
Report Halliche Goal 43'

14 January 2010
19:30
Angola  2–0  Malawi
Flávio Goal 49'
Manucho Goal 55'
Report

18 January 2010
17:00
Angola  0–0  Algeria
Report

18 January 2010
17:00
Mali  3–1  Malawi
Kanouté Goal 1'
Keita Goal 3'
Bagayoko Goal 85'
Report Mwafulirwa Goal 58'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4
 Ghana 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
 Burkina Faso 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
 Togo withdrew, officially disqualified
11 January 2010
17:00
Ivory Coast  0–0  Burkina Faso
Report
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur (Tunisia)

11 January 2010
19:30
Ghana  Cancelled  Togo

15 January 2010
17:00
Burkina Faso  Cancelled  Togo

15 January 2010
19:30
Ivory Coast  3–1  Ghana
Gervinho Goal 23'
Tiéné Goal 66'
Drogba Goal 90'
Report Gyan Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa)

19 January 2010
17:00
Burkina Faso  0–1  Ghana
Report A. Ayew Goal 30'

19 January 2010
17:00
Ivory Coast  Cancelled  Togo

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
 Nigeria 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Benin 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
 Mozambique 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
12 January 2010
17:00
Egypt  3–1  Nigeria
Moteab Goal 34'
Hassan Goal 54'
Gedo Goal 87'
Report Obasi Goal 12'

12 January 2010
19:30
Mozambique  2–2  Benin
Miro Goal 29'
Fumo Goal 54'
Report Omotoyossi Goal 14' (pen.)
Khan Goal 20' (o.g.)

16 January 2010
17:00
Nigeria  1–0  Benin
Yakubu Goal 42' (pen.) Report

16 January 2010
19:30
Egypt  2–0  Mozambique
Khan Goal 47' (o.g.)
Gedo Goal 81'
Report
Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Kokou Djaoupe (Togo)

20 January 2010
17:00
Egypt  2–0  Benin
Al-Muhammadi Goal 7'
Moteab Goal 23'
Report

20 January 2010
17:00
Nigeria  3–0  Mozambique
Odemwingie Goal 45'47'
Martins Goal 86'
Report
Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Group D[edit]

  • The tie-breaking criteria for teams level on points consider only the results of matches between those teams (in this case, this excludes their results against Tunisia). This is shown in the sub-table above. All three teams were level on points and goal difference, and were ranked based on goals scored: Zambia 4, Cameroon 3, Gabon 2.
13 January 2010
17:00
Cameroon  0–1  Gabon
Report Cousin Goal 17'

13 January 2010
19:30
Zambia  1–1  Tunisia
J. Mulenga Goal 19' Report Dhaouadi Goal 40'
Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

17 January 2010
17:00
Gabon  0–0  Tunisia
Report
Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

17 January 2010
19:30
Cameroon  3–2  Zambia
Geremi Goal 68'
Eto'o Goal 72'
Idrissou Goal 86'
Report J. Mulenga Goal 8'
C. Katongo Goal 81' (pen.)

21 January 2010
17:00
Gabon  1–2  Zambia
F. Do Marcolino Goal 83' Report Kalaba Goal 28'
Chamanga Goal 62'

21 January 2010
17:00
Cameroon  2–2  Tunisia
Eto'o Goal 47'
N'Guémo Goal 64'
Report Chermiti Goal 1'
Chedjou Goal 63' (o.g.)

Knockout phase[edit]

All times given as local time (UTC+1)

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
24 January – Luanda        
  Angola  0
28 January – Luanda
  Ghana  1  
  Ghana  1
25 January – Lubango
    Nigeria  0  
  Zambia  0 (4)
31 January – Luanda
  Nigeria (p)  0 (5)  
  Ghana  0
24 January – Cabinda
    Egypt  1
  Ivory Coast  2
28 January – Benguela
  Algeria (aet)  3  
  Algeria  0 Third place
25 January – Benguela
    Egypt  4  
  Egypt (aet)  3   Nigeria  1
  Cameroon  1     Algeria  0
30 January – Benguela

Quarter-finals[edit]

24 January 2010
17:00
Angola  0–1  Ghana
Report Gyan Goal 15'
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

24 January 2010
20:30
Ivory Coast  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Kalou Goal 4'
Keïta Goal 89'
Report Matmour Goal 39'
Bougherra Goal 90+2'
Bouazza Goal 92'
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)

25 January 2010
17:00
Egypt  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon
Hassan Goal 37'104'
Gedo Goal 92'
Report Emana Goal 25'

Semi-finals[edit]

28 January 2010
16:00
Ghana  1–0  Nigeria
Gyan Goal 21' Report

28 January 2010
20:30
Algeria  0–4  Egypt
Report Abd Rabo Goal 38' (pen.)
Zidan Goal 65'
Abdel-Shafy Goal 80'
Gedo Goal 90+2'
Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia (Benin)

Third Place Play-off[edit]

30 January 2010
17:00
Nigeria  1–0  Algeria
Obinna Goal 56' Report

Final[edit]

31 January 2010
17:00
Ghana  0–1  Egypt
Report Gedo Goal 85'
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)

Awards[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.[8]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Egypt Essam El-Hadary

Algeria Madjid Bougherra
Egypt Wael Gomaa
Angola Mabiná

Egypt Ahmed Fathy
Nigeria Peter Odemwingie
Cameroon Alexandre Song
Egypt Ahmed Hassan

Ghana Asamoah Gyan
Egypt Mohamed Zidan
Angola Flávio

Substitutes

Goalscorers[edit]

Goals scored per nation[edit]

*** indicates the team played only two matches in the group stage, due to the Togo national football team attack.

Scoring[edit]

*** indicates the team played only two matches in the group stage, due to the Togo national football team attack.

Mascot[edit]

Palanquinha, the mascot of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations

The Mascot for the Tournament is Palanquinha, which was inspired by the Giant Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger variani), a national symbol and a treasured animal in Angola. In Angola, this animal is found only in the Cangandala National Park in Malange Province.

Match ball[edit]

The official match ball for the tournament is the Adidas Jabulani Angola, a modified version of the Adidas Jabulani to be used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the colours of the flag of Angola.

Attack on the Togo national team[edit]

On 8 January 2010, the team bus of the Togo national football team was attacked by gunmen in Cabinda, Angola as it travelled to the tournament. A spokesman for the Togolese football federation said assistant coach Améleté Abalo and press officer Stanislaud Ocloo had died as well as the driver. The separatist group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the attack. The Togolese team withdrew from the competition the following day. The players initially decided to compete to commemorate the victims in this way, but were immediately ordered to return by the Togolese government.[9]

Following their departure from Angola, Togo were formally disqualified from the tournament after failing to fulfil their opening Group B game against Ghana on 11 January.

On 30 January 2010, CAF banned Togo from participating in the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and fined the team $50,000 due to "government involvement in the withdrawal from the tournament". Togo were unable to compete until the 2015 tournament, but that ban was lifted on 14 May 2010 by a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[10][not in citation given]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angola to host 2010 Nations Cup". BBC Sport. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "Camino a la Copa Africana de Naciones Angola 2010". Fox Sport. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ghana 0–1 Egypt". BBC Sport. 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Angola 2010 – Fixture, stadiums and list of champions". Periodismo de fútbol internacional. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Angola 2010, art. 72, p. 29". Archived from the original on 6 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Togo officially disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Orange CAN 2010 awards". cafonline.com (Confederation of African Football). 31 January 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "CAF Releases top 11 of Orange CAN". cafonline.com (Confederation of African Football). 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Togo head home as Africa Cup of Nations gets under way". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Togo handed two-tournament Nations Cup suspension". ESPN Soccernet. 30 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 

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