2006 Africa Cup of Nations

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
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) Samuel Eto'o (5 goals)
Best player(s) Ahmed Hassan

Host Selection

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

Qualification

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 teams

Squads

Venues

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

Group stage

Teams highlighted in green progress to the quarter-finals.

All times local: EET (UTC+2)

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 321061+57
 Ivory Coast 32014406
 Morocco 30210112
 Libya 30121541
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 B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 330071+69
 DR Congo 31112204
 Angola 311145−14
 Togo 300327−50
Cameroon 3–1 Angola
Eto'o  20', 39', 78' Flávio  31' (pen.)

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

Angola 0–0 DR Congo

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

Angola 3–2 Togo
Flávio  9', 38'
Maurito  86'
Kader  24'
Cherif Touré  67'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Abderrahim Al-Arjoune (Morocco)

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

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Guinea 330071+69
 Tunisia 320164+26
 Zambia 310236−33
 South Africa 300305−50
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'
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Emmanuel Imiere (Nigeria)

Tunisia 2–0 South Africa
dos Santos  32'
Ben Achour  58'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Evehe Divine (Cameroon)

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

Zambia 1–0 South Africa
C. Katongo  75'

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Nigeria 330051+49
 Senegal 31023303
 Ghana 31022313
 Zimbabwe 31022533
Nigeria 1–0 Ghana
Taiwo  85'

Zimbabwe 0–2 Senegal
H. Camara  59'
Ba  80'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan)

Ghana 1–0 Senegal
Amoah  13'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Abderrahim Al-Arjoune (Morocco)

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 stage

 
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-finals

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)


Semi-finals

Egypt 2–1 Senegal
A. Hassan  37' (pen.)
Zaki  81'
Niang  52'
Attendance: 74,100
Referee: Evehe Divine (Cameroon)

Nigeria 0–1 Ivory Coast
Drogba  47'

Third-place match

Senegal 0–1 Nigeria
Lawal  79'

Final

Scorers

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

CAF Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

See also

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