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2010 African Cup of Nations


2010 African Cup of Nations

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 January – 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

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

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.


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


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


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.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

 Ivory Coast


 Togo (withdrew)

 Burkina Faso

Match officials

The following referees were chosen for the 2010 African 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


Group stage

Tie-breaking criteria

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

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

14 January 2010
Mali  0–1  Algeria
Report Halliche Goal 43'
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Muhmed Ssegonga (Uganda)

14 January 2010
Angola  2–0  Malawi
Flávio Goal 49'
Manucho Goal 55'
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 48,500
Referee: Desire Doue Normandiez (Côte d'Ivoire)

18 January 2010
Angola  0–0  Algeria

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

Group B

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
Ivory Coast  0–0  Burkina Faso
Estádio Chimandela, Cabinda
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur (Tunisia)

11 January 2010
Ghana  Cancelled  Togo

15 January 2010
Burkina Faso  Cancelled  Togo

15 January 2010
Ivory Coast  3–1  Ghana
Gervinho Goal 23'
Tiéné Goal 66'
Drogba Goal 90'
Report Gyan Goal 90+3' (pen.)

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

19 January 2010
Ivory Coast  Cancelled  Togo

Group C

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
Egypt  3–1  Nigeria
Moteab Goal 34'
Hassan Goal 54'
Gedo Goal 87'
Report Obasi Goal 12'

12 January 2010
Mozambique  2–2  Benin
Miro Goal 29'
Fumo Goal 54'
Report Omotoyossi Goal 14' (pen.)
Khan Goal 20' (o.g.)
Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan)

16 January 2010
Nigeria  1–0  Benin
Yakubu Goal 42' (pen.) Report
Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)

16 January 2010
Egypt  2–0  Mozambique
Khan Goal 47' (o.g.)
Gedo Goal 81'

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

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

Group D

  • 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
Cameroon  0–1  Gabon
Report Cousin Goal 17'

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

17 January 2010
Cameroon  3–2  Zambia
Geremi Goal 68'
Eto'o Goal 72'
Idrissou Goal 86'
Report J. Mulenga Goal 8'
C. Katongo Goal 81' (pen.)
Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalil Al Ghamdi (Saudi Arabia)

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

21 January 2010
Cameroon  2–2  Tunisia
Eto'o Goal 47'
N'Guémo Goal 64'
Report Chermiti Goal 1'
Chedjou Goal 63' (o.g.)
Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Noumandiez Désiré Doué (Côte d'Ivoire)

Knockout phase

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


24 January 2010
Angola  0–1  Ghana
Report Gyan Goal 15'

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

25 January 2010
Zambia  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Nigeria
Chivuta Penalty scored
C. Katongo Penalty scored
Mayuka Penalty scored
Nyrienda Penalty missed
Mweene Penalty scored
4–5 Penalty scored Mikel
Penalty scored Martins
Penalty scored Obinna
Penalty scored Odemwingie
Penalty scored Enyeama


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

28 January 2010
Algeria  0–4  Egypt
Report Abd Rabo Goal 38' (pen.)
Zidan Goal 65'
Abdel-Shafy Goal 80'
Gedo Goal 90+2'

Third Place Play-off

30 January 2010
Nigeria  1–0  Algeria
Obinna Goal 56' Report
Complexo da Sr. da Graça, Benguela
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)


Main article: 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Final
31 January 2010
Ghana  0–1  Egypt
Report Gedo Goal 85'
Estádio 11 de Novembro, Luanda
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)


 2010 Africa Cup of Nations Winners 

Seventh title


Best XI

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



Goals scored per nation

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


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


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

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

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 African 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]


External links

  • Results at CAF web site
  • Official Site
  • Radio France Internationale
  • African Cup of Nations Guide
  • African Cup of Nations – (Arabic)
  • 2010 Africa Cup of Nations at ESPN
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