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.
|Taça de África das Nações de 2010|
|Teams||15 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Egypt (7th title)|
|Goals scored||71 (2.45 per match)|
|Attendance||543,500 (18,741 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Gedo (5 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Ahmed Hassan|
|Best goalkeeper||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.
- Gabon / Equatorial Guinea
Rejected Bids :
- Benin / Central African Republic
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 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.
|Estádio 11 de Novembro||Estádio Nacional do Chiazi|
|Capacity: 50,000||Capacity: 20,000|
|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.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
The following referees were chosen for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:
- points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
- number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- number of goals scored in all group matches;
- fair play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards;
- 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|
- Algeria finished ahead of Mali due to winning the match between the teams (see tie-breaking criteria).
|Flávio 36', 42'
Gilberto 67' (pen.)
Manucho 74' (pen.)
|Report||Keita 79', 90+3'
- 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. Group B became a three-team group.
|Ivory Coast||0–0||Burkina Faso|
|Report||Gyan 90+3' (pen.)|
|Report||A. Ayew 30'|
|Report||Omotoyossi 14' (pen.)
Khan 20' (o.g.)
|Yakubu 42' (pen.)||Report|
|Khan 47' (o.g.)
|Odemwingie 45', 47'
- 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.
|J. Mulenga 19'||Report||Dhaouadi 40'|
|Report||J. Mulenga 8'
C. Katongo 81' (pen.)
|F. Do Marcolino 83'||Report||Kalaba 28'
All times given as local time (UTC+1)
|24 January – Luanda|
|28 January – Luanda|
|25 January – Lubango|
|31 January – Luanda|
|Nigeria (pen.)||0 (5)|
|24 January – Cabinda|
|28 January – Benguela|
|25 January – Benguela|
|30 January – Benguela|
|Ivory Coast||2–3 (a.e.t.)||Algeria|
|Hassan 37', 104'
|Report||Abd Rabo 38' (pen.)
Third place play-offEdit
- Best player of the competition: Ahmed Hassan
- Fair Play player of the competition: Ahmed Fathy
- Discovery Player of the Tournament: Gedo
- Goalkeeper of the competition: Essam El-Hadary
- Top scorer: Gedo
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.
- Total number of goals scored: 71
- Average goals per match: 2.45
- Most goals scored by a team in the first round: 7 – Egypt and Mali
- Most goals conceded by a team: 10 – Algeria
- Most goals conceded by a team in the first round: 7 – Mozambique
- Fewest goals conceded by a team in the first round: 1 – Egypt and Burkina Faso*** and Ivory Coast***
- Fewest goals conceded by a team continuing on to the second round: 2 – Egypt
- Fastest goal in a match: 36th second: Kanouté for Mali (against Malawi )
- Latest goal scored in a match: 104th minute: Ahmed Hassan for Egypt (against Cameroon )
- Most goals scored in a match: 8 – Angola 4–4 Mali
- Fewest goals scored in a match: 0 – Ivory Coast vs. Burkina Faso , – Angola vs. Algeria , – Gabon vs. Tunisia – Zambia vs. Nigeria
- Most goals scored by a losing team: 2 – Zambia (against Cameroon ); and Ivory Coast (against Algeria )
- Most goals scored in a draw: 8 – Angola 4–4 Mali
- Most goals scored by a winning team: 4 – Egypt (4–0 vs. Algeria )
*** indicates the team played only two matches in the group stage, due to the withdrawal of Togo from the tournament.
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.
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.
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". 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.
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