Photo Special – ACN Final

by Neil Sherwin

Egypt has retained the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Ghana in the final held at the Estádio 11 de Novembro in Luanda.

Substitute Mohamed Gedo scored the only goal of the game, beating keeper Richard Kingson with a curling shot after a clever one-two in the 85th minute.

Ghana dominated for long spells and the game was tight throughout, but the Black Stars were unable to prevent Egypt from making it three tournament wins in a row.

“We said we were the champions from the first day we arrived in Angola, and we would defend our title,” said Egypt assistant coach Shawky Garib.

“We have won three titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010. This was the most difficult of all of them.”

Ghana: Kingson, Addy, Inkoom, Sarpei, Vorsah, Annan, Andre Ayew, Agyemang (Addo 89), Asamoah, Agyemang-Badu, Gyan (Adiyah 87).

Subs Not Used: Adjei, Osei, Mensah, Narry, Amoah, Rahim Ayew, Afful, Draman, McCarthy.

Booked: Agyemang.

Egypt: El Hadary, El Mohamady, Said, Gomaa, Moawad (Abdelshafy 57), Fathi (Salem 89), Abd Rabou, Hassan, Ghaly, Zidan, Moteab (Gedo 70).

Subs Not Used: Abdoul-Saoud, Fathallah, El Sakka, Eid, Tawfik, Wahid, Shikabala, Raouf, Hamdy.

Booked: Moawad, El Mohamady, Ghaly.

Goals: Gedo 85.

Att: 45,000

Ref: Koman Coulibaly (Mali).

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