Egypt secure record seventh Africa Cup of Nations
Egypt secured a record seventh Africa Cup of Nations title, after beating Ghana 1-0 in a tense final in Angola.
Substitute Mohamed Gedo scored the only goal of the game, playing a neat one-two before curling a superb shot past Richard Kingson in the 85th minute.
Gedo’s winner came against the run of play, but Milovan Rajevac’s young Ghana side failed to create many openings.
Gedo finished the tournament as the top scorer and Egypt became the first team to win three successive titles. The final will not go down as a classic, but it proved to be a tight and absorbing affair in Luanda.
The Black Stars started brightly and had promising spells throughout, with striker Asamoah Gyan having the majority of their best chances.
Ghana were punished for not putting their chances away when Gedo broke into the box at pace and played a wonderful one-two with Mohamed Zidan, before excellently tucking the ball home across Kingson’s goal and into the far corner.
The goal made him the top marksman in the tournament with five goals, all of them coming as a substitute. It was also his sixth goal in only eight appearances for Egypt.
Egypt held on for their record seventh title and their team and fans celebrated wildly on the final whistle, as the Pharoahs confirmed their status as kings of the Nations Cup tournament.
But there were also some ugly scenes amid the celebrations, as security forces prevented Zidan from celebrating with his own fans.
Egypt assistant coach Shawky Garib paid tribute to Ghana’s performance, after the Black Stars overcame a slew of injuries to come close to claiming their first title in 28 years.
“I’d like to congratulate Ghana for what they did,” he said. “It’s important to take your chance, and we took it. But we respect the Ghana team, they played a very good match.”
Garib also acknowledged how difficult a task the Egyptians had in winning yet another African title.
“We said we were the champions from the first day we arrived in Angola, and we would defend our title,” he said. “We have won three titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010. This was the most difficult of all of them.”
Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac, who led his young Ghana side to their first final in 18 years, said his team’s lack of experience showed in the end.
“We are not so experienced, we wanted to win it so badly in our hearts but in the end Egyptian experience was crucial,” he said.
From BBC Sport