AFCON 2010: Well Done Ghana But Egypt Deserve It

Egypt: 2010 AFCON Champions

Ghana lost to Egypt in a 1-0 game to give the Pharaohs their third time win in a row to become the 2010 champions of the African Cup of Nations.

I am really excited not because of the loss against my country but it was the best game of a depleted Black Stars in this tournament. They gave a better and far experience Egyptian side a stern chase throughout the game. At least we have a new Black Stars as the World Cup in South Africa draws near.

After the first ten minutes into the game my heart beat resumed to normal and I was much relaxed because I was convinced our coach Milovan Rajevac had adopted the right strategy against an opponent that is difficult to break their tactics.

But at the end of the 90th minute regulation time the Nations Cup defending champions retained the trophy for the third time in a row at the Estadio 11 Novembro in Luanda, Angola on Sunday. A late goal from substitute Mohamed Nagy Gedo made the northern Africans seven-time champions.

There were few chances as the Ghanaians played a lot of defensive strategy to frustrate the Hassan Shehata charges.

It was a game full of history for the Pharaohs team haul as Ahmed Hassan and Essam El-Hadary picked up record fourth winners’ medals, coach Hassan Shehata and skipper Hassan became the first to win three in a row and Gedo became the first tournament top-scorer to solely feature from the bench.

The result retained Egypt’s unbeaten record to an incredible 19 matches.
Although Ghanaian fans are disappointed they said it was a gallant defeat for their depleted side.

It was a gallant defeat for the inexperience Black Stars but Egypt really deserve that sweating win.


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