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The 2006 Africa Cup of Nations was the 25th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa. It was hosted by Egypt. Just like in 2004, the field of sixteen teams was split into four groups of four. Egypt won its fifth championship, beating Ivory Coast in the final 4−2 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw.

2006 Africa Cup of Nations
كأس أمم أفريقيا 2006
2006 Africa Cup of Nations logo.svg
Africa Cup of Nations 2006 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Egypt
Dates20 January – 10 February
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)6 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Egypt (5th title)
Runners-up Ivory Coast
Third place Nigeria
Fourth place Senegal
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored73 (2.28 per match)
Attendance714,054 (22,314 per match)
Top scorer(s)Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (5 goals)
Best player(s)Egypt Ahmed Hassan
2004
2008

Contents

Host SelectionEdit

Bids :

The organization of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations was awarded to Egypt on 24 October 2002 by the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Voters had a choice between four countries : Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Libya.

This marks the fourth time that Egypt has hosted the African Cup after 1959, 1974 and 1986.

It also coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of CAF.

Results
Nation Votes
  Egypt 7
  Libya 2
  Algeria 1
  Ivory Coast 1
Total votes 11

QualificationEdit

For the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, qualification was done through the CAF's qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Whereas only the winner of each group qualified for the World Cup, the top 3 finishers in each of the five qualification groups gained entry into the Africa Cup of Nations. The exception was qualification group 3, which contained hosts Egypt. Since Egypt qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations automatically as the hosts, the final berth was instead awarded to the fourth-place finishers, Libya.

2006 also marked the first time that the defending champion did not automatically qualify for the finals. Tunisia, 2004's champion, qualified for the Cup of Nations by winning their group in the qualification process.

Participating teamsEdit

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

SquadsEdit

VenuesEdit

Cairo Cairo
Cairo International Stadium Cairo Military Academy Stadium
Capacity: 74,100 Capacity: 25,500
   
Alexandria Port Said Alexandria Ismailia
Haras El Hodoud Stadium Port Said Stadium Alexandria Stadium Ismailia Stadium
Capacity: 21,650 Capacity: 24,060 Capacity: 19,676 Capacity: 16,606
     
 
Croconile, the championship's official mascot

Group stageEdit

Teams highlighted in green progress to the quarter-finals.

All times local: EET (UTC+2)

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Egypt 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
  Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
  Morocco 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
  Libya 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Egypt  3–0  Libya
Mido   18'
Aboutrika   22'
A. Hassan   78'

Morocco  0–1  Ivory Coast
Drogba   39' (pen.)

Libya  1–2  Ivory Coast
Kames   42' Drogba   10'
Y. Touré   74'

Egypt  0–0  Morocco

Egypt  3–1  Ivory Coast
Moteab   8'69'
Aboutrika   61'
A. Koné   43'

Libya  0–0  Morocco

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Cameroon 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
  DR Congo 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
  Angola 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 4
  Togo 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
Cameroon  3–1  Angola
Eto'o   20'39'78' [1] Flávio   31' (pen.)

Togo  0–2  DR Congo
Mputu   45'
LuaLua   64'

Angola  0–0  DR Congo
[2]

Cameroon  2–0  Togo
Eto'o   68'
Meyong Ze   85'

Angola  3–2  Togo
Flávio   9'38'
Maurito   86'
[3] Kader   24'
Cherif Touré   67'

Cameroon  2–0  DR Congo
Geremi   31'
Eto'o   33'

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Guinea 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9
  Tunisia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
  Zambia 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3 3
  South Africa 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
Tunisia  4−1  Zambia
dos Santos   35'82'90+3'
Bouazizi   53'
Chamanga   9'

South Africa  0–2  Guinea
S. Bangoura   78'
O. Bangoura   88'

Zambia  1–2  Guinea
Tana   33' Feindouno   73' (pen.)90+1'

Tunisia  2–0  South Africa
dos Santos   32'
Ben Achour   58'

Tunisia  0–3  Guinea
O. Bangoura   16'
Feindouno   70'
Diawara   90+1'

Zambia  1–0  South Africa
C. Katongo   75'

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Nigeria 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
  Senegal 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
  Ghana 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
  Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
Nigeria  1–0  Ghana
Taiwo   85'

Zimbabwe  0–2  Senegal
H. Camara   59'
Ba   80'

Ghana  1–0  Senegal
Amoah   13'

Nigeria  2–0  Zimbabwe
Obodo   57'
Mikel   60'
Attendance: 10,000

Nigeria  2–1  Senegal
Martins   79'88' S. Camara   58'

Ghana  1–2  Zimbabwe
Adamu   90+2' Ahmed   60' (o.g.)
Benjani   68'
Attendance: 18,500
Referee: René Louzaya (Congo)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
3 February – Cairo
 
 
  Egypt 4
 
7 February – Cairo
 
  DR Congo 1
 
  Egypt 2
 
3 February – Alexandria
 
  Senegal 1
 
  Guinea 2
 
10 February – Cairo
 
  Senegal 3
 
  Egypt (p) 0 (4)
 
4 February – Cairo
 
  Ivory Coast 0 (2)
 
  Cameroon 1 (11)
 
7 February – Alexandria
 
  Ivory Coast (p) 1 (12)
 
  Ivory Coast 1
 
4 February – Port Said
 
  Nigeria 0 Third place
 
  Nigeria (p) 1 (6)
 
9 February – Cairo
 
  Tunisia 1 (5)
 
  Senegal 0
 
 
  Nigeria 1
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Guinea  2–3  Senegal
Diawara   24'
Feindouno   90+5'
Diop   61'
Niang   83'
H. Camara   90+3'

Egypt  4–1  DR Congo
A. Hassan   33'89' (pen.)
H. Hassan   39'
Moteab   58'
El-Saqqa   45+2' (o.g.)
Attendance: 74,000
Referee: Modou Sowe (Gambia)

Nigeria  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Tunisia
Obinna   6' Haggui   49'
Penalties
Yobo  
Taiwo  
Ayila  
Obinna  
Martins  
Mikel  
Enyeama  
Kanu  
6–5   Namouchi
  Guemamdia
  Chedli
  Ben Achour
  Clayton
  Boumnijel
  Hadj Massaoud
  Bouazizi
Attendance: 10,000

Cameroon  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Ivory Coast
Meyong Ze   95' B. Koné   92'
Penalties
Eto'o  
Geremi  
Atouba  
Kome  
Meyong Ze  
Makoun  
Song  
Saidou  
Douala  
Bikey  
Hamidou  
Eto'o  
11–12   Drogba
  K. Touré
  B. Koné
  Faé
  A. Koné
  Kouassi
  Romaric
  Boka
  Zokora
  Zoro
  Tizié
  Drogba

Semi-finalsEdit

Egypt  2–1  Senegal
A. Hassan   37' (pen.)
Zaki   81'
Niang   52'

Nigeria  0–1  Ivory Coast
Drogba   47'

Third-place matchEdit

Senegal  0–1  Nigeria
Lawal   79'

FinalEdit

Egypt  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Ivory Coast
Penalties
A. Hassan  
Abdelwahab  
Abdel Halim Ali  
Zaky  
Aboutrika  
4–2   Drogba
  K. Touré
  B. Koné
  Eboué

WinnersEdit

 2006 Africa Cup of Nations Winners 
 
Egypt
Fifth title

ScorersEdit

CAF Team of the TournamentEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit