2010 Africa Cup of Nations

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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]

2010 Africa Cup of Nations
Taça de África das Nações de 2010
2010 Africa Cup of Nations logo.svg
Africa Cup of Nations 2010 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryAngola
Dates10–31 January
Teams15 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Egypt (7th title)
Runners-up Ghana
Third place Nigeria
Fourth place Algeria
Tournament statistics
Matches played29
Goals scored71 (2.45 per match)
Attendance543,500 (18,741 per match)
Top scorer(s)Egypt Gedo (5 goals)
Best player(s)Egypt Ahmed Hassan
Best goalkeeperEgypt Essam El-Hadary

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 selectionEdit

Bids :

  • Angola
  • Gabon / Equatorial Guinea
  • Libya
  • Nigeria

Rejected Bids :

  • Benin / Central African Republic
  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Senegal
  • Zimbabwe

On 4 September 2006, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved a compromise between rival countries to host the Africa Cup of Nations after it ruled out Nigeria. CAF agreed to award the next three editions from 2010 to Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Libya respectively. They assigned Angola in 2010, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, which submitted a joint bid in 2012, and Libya for 2014.

This edition was awarded to Angola to encourage the country to move towards peace after the Angolan Civil War.

Two-time former host Nigeria is the reserve host for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 tournaments, in the event that any of the host countries fails to meet the requirements established by CAF.

The 2014 tournament was pushed forward to 2013 and subsequently held in odd-numbered years to avoid year-clash with the FIFA World Cup.[4]


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 were 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 would 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.[5]

Qualified teamsEdit

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


Luanda Cabinda
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 Ivory Coast 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.[citation needed]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

  Ivory Coast


  Togo (withdrew)

  Burkina Faso

Match officialsEdit

The following referees were chosen for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Referees Assistant Referees

  Mohamed Benouza
  Hélder Martins de Carvalho
  Coffi Codjia
  Noumandiez Doué
  Essam Abdel-Fatah
  Koman Coulibaly
  Rajindraparsad Seechurn
  Khalil Al Ghamdi
  Badara Diatta
  Eddy Maillet
  Daniel Bennett
  Jerome Damon
  Khalid Abdel Rahman
  Kokou Djaoupe
  Kacem Bennaceur
  Muhmed Ssegonga

  Inácio Manuel Candido
  Desire Gahungu
  Evarist Menkouande
  Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi
  Angesom Ogbamariam
  Ayuba Haruna
  Hassan Kamranifar
  Fooad El Maghrabi
  Moffat Champiti
  Redouane Achik
  Peter Edibe
  Mohammed Al Ghamdi
  Enock Molefe
  Celestin Ntagungira
  Bechir Hassani
  Kenneth Chichenga


Group stageEdit

Tie-breaking criteriaEdit

If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:[6]

  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 AEdit

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[a]
  Mali 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4[a]
  Malawi 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Source:[citation needed]
  1. ^ a b Algeria finished ahead of Mali due to winning the match between the teams (see tie-breaking criteria).
Angola  4–4  Mali
Flávio   36'42'
Gilberto   67' (pen.)
Manucho   74' (pen.)
Report Keita   79'90+3'
Kanouté   88'
Yatabaré   90+4'

Malawi  3–0  Algeria
Mwafulirwa   17'
Kafoteka   35'
Banda   48'

Mali  0–1  Algeria
Report Halliche   43'

Angola  2–0  Malawi
Flávio   49'
Manucho   55'

Angola  0–0  Algeria

Mali  3–1  Malawi
Kanouté   1'
Keita   3'
Bagayoko   85'
Report Mwafulirwa   58'

Group BEdit

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 (D) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[a]
Source:[citation needed]
(D) Disqualified
  1. ^ Togo withdrew from the tournament due to the attack on their team bus while traveling to their opening match against Ghana, thus they were officially disqualified.[7] Group B became a three-team group.
Ivory Coast  0–0  Burkina Faso

Ghana  Cancelled  Togo

Burkina Faso  Cancelled  Togo

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

Burkina Faso  0–1  Ghana
Report A. Ayew   30'

Ivory Coast  Cancelled  Togo

Group CEdit

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

Mozambique  2–2  Benin
Miro   29'
Fumo   54'
Report Omotoyossi   14' (pen.)
Khan   20' (o.g.)

Nigeria  1–0  Benin
Yakubu   42' (pen.) Report

Egypt  2–0  Mozambique
Khan   47' (o.g.)
Gedo   81'

Egypt  2–0  Benin
Elmohamady   7'
Moteab   23'

Nigeria  3–0  Mozambique
Odemwingie   45'47'
Martins   86'

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4[a]
  Cameroon 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4[a]
  Gabon 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4[a]
  Tunisia 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Source:[citation needed]
  1. ^ a b c 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). All three teams were level on points and goal difference, and were ranked based on goals scored: Zambia 4, Cameroon 3, Gabon 2.
Cameroon  0–1  Gabon
Report Cousin   17'

Zambia  1–1  Tunisia
J. Mulenga   19' Report Dhaouadi   40'

Gabon  0–0  Tunisia

Cameroon  3–2  Zambia
Geremi   68'
Eto'o   72'
Idrissou   86'
Report J. Mulenga   8'
C. Katongo   81' (pen.)

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

Cameroon  2–2  Tunisia
Eto'o   47'
N'Guémo   64'
Report Chermiti   1'
Chedjou   63' (o.g.)

Knockout stageEdit

All times given as local time (UTC+1)

24 January – Luanda
28 January – Luanda
25 January – Lubango
  Zambia0 (4)
31 January – Luanda
  Nigeria (pen.)0 (5)
24 January – Cabinda
  Ivory Coast2
28 January – Benguela
  Algeria (a.e.t.)3
25 January – Benguela
  Egypt4 Third place
  Egypt (a.e.t.)3
30 January – Benguela


Angola  0–1  Ghana
Report Gyan   15'

Ivory Coast  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Kalou   4'
Keïta   89'
Report Matmour   39'
Bougherra   90+2'
Bouazza   92'
Attendance: 10,000

Egypt  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon
Hassan   37'104'
Gedo   92'
Report Emaná   25'


Ghana  1–0  Nigeria
Gyan   21' Report

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

Third place play-offEdit

Nigeria  1–0  Algeria
Obinna   56' Report


Ghana  0–1  Egypt
Report Gedo   85'
Attendance: 45,000


Best XIEdit

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.[9]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

  Essam El-Hadary

  Madjid Bougherra
  Wael Gomaa

  Ahmed Fathy
  Peter Odemwingie
  Alex Song
  Ahmed Hassan

  Asamoah Gyan
  Mohamed Zidan




*** indicates the team played only two matches in the group stage, due to the withdrawal of Togo from the tournament.


Palanquinha, the mascot of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations

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 ballEdit

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.


Tournament had seven sponsors, Doritos, MTN Group, NASUBA, Orange, Pepsi, Samsung and only African corporate sponsor Standard Bank.[citation needed]

Attack on the Togo national teamEdit

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-Military Position (FLEC-PM) 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.[10]

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 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and fined the team $50,000 due to "government involvement in the withdrawal from the tournament".[11] 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.[12]


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