2010 Africa Cup of Nations

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
Africa Cup of Nations 2010 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Angola
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) 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.[3]

Host selection

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 are 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 will 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 teams


Luanda Cabinda
Estádio 11 de NovembroEstádio Nacional do Chiazi
Capacity: 50,000Capacity: 20,000
Estádio Nacional de OmbakaEstádio Nacional da Tundavala
Capacity: 35,000Capacity: 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

 Ivory Coast


 Togo (withdrew)

 Burkina Faso

Match officials

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 stage

Tie-breaking criteria

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 A

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[lower-alpha 1]
 Mali 3 1 1 1 7 6 +1 4[lower-alpha 1]
 Malawi 3 1 0 2 4 5 1 3
  1. 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'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Muhmed Ssegonga (Uganda)

Angola 2–0 Malawi
Flávio  49'
Manucho  55'
Attendance: 48,500
Referee: Desire Doue Normandiez (Ivory Coast)

Angola 0–0 Algeria

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

Group B

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 (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0[lower-alpha 1]
(W) Withdrew, officially disqualified.
  1. Togo were disqualified from the tournament after missing their opening game against Ghana.[7] Group B became a three-team group.
Ivory Coast 0–0 Burkina Faso
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur (Tunisia)

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 C

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.)
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Khalid Abdel Rahman (Sudan)

Nigeria 1–0 Benin
Yakubu  42' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)

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 D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4[lower-alpha 1]
 Cameroon 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4[lower-alpha 1]
 Gabon 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4[lower-alpha 1]
 Tunisia 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
  1. 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 stage

All times given as local time (UTC+1)

24 January – Luanda
28 January – Luanda
25 January – Estádio Nacional da Tundavala, Lubango
 Zambia0 (4)
31 January – Luanda
 Nigeria (p)0 (5)
24 January – Estádio do Chiazi, Cabinda
 Ivory Coast2
28 January – Estádio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela
 Algeria (aet)3
25 January – Estádio Nacional de Ombaka, Benguela
 Egypt4 Third place
 Egypt (aet)3
30 January – Estádio Nacional de Ombaka, 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-off

Nigeria 1–0 Algeria
Obinna  56' Report


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


Best XI

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.


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 ball

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.

Attack on the Togo national team

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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