Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • EU leaders choose Tusk and Mogherini for top jobs, discuss Russia sanctions

    Read more

  • Dozens of UN peacekeepers still held by Syrian jihadists

    Read more

  • Opposition protesters clash with Pakistani police outside PM's house

    Read more

  • Austerity row overshadows French Socialist’s annual rally

    Read more

  • Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life

    Read more

  • Ceasfire allows Gaza families to relax on the beach

    Read more

  • S. Africa condemns 'military coup' in Lesotho

    Read more

  • Kerry calls for 'coalition of nations' to battle IS militants

    Read more

  • Ukrainian plane with seven on board crashes in Algeria

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns Russia of more sanctions

    Read more

  • IMF backs Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

Egypt get Lions for starter

Latest update : 2008-01-26

The Pharaos started the competition the best way by thrashing Cameroon 4-2. Samuel Eto'o's men did threath the Cup holder, but it wasn't enough to overturn the result. Final score 4-2

Mohamed Zidan scored a first-half double as title holders Egypt made an impressive start in the African Nations Cup with a 4-2 thrashing of Cameroon on Tuesday.
 
The striker netted in the 17th minute and in first half stoppage time as Egypt went 3-0 up at the interval in the Group C game at Kumasi's Baba Yara stadium.
 
Midfielder Hosni Abd Rabou also scored twice, putting Egypt ahead with a 14th-minute penalty and adding a powerful shot nine minutes from time.
 
Samuel Eto'o pulled two back for Cameroon, heading in a cross six minutes into the second half and converting a penalty just before the final whistle.
 
Egypt showed the title they won two years ago on home turf, their fifth all told, was no fluke and sent a serious warning to the other contenders.
 
"We are not here just to be part of the tournament, we are here to win a second successive title," Zidan told Ghanaian television channel TV3.
 
"We give everything, we have to be in the final in Accra."
 
The Pharaohs started brightly and earned the early penalty for handball by defender Andre Bikey, with Hosni wrong-footing keeper Carlos Idriss Kameni.
 
Three minutes later, Zidan made it two at the conclusion of a sharp counter-attack from a Cameroon corner at the other end.
 
The Indomitable Lions, unable to control the midfield, were groggy and Zidan fired home from the edge of the box on the stroke of halftime for the third.
 
Cameroon coach Otto Pfister added steel to his midfield at halftime by replacing Landry Nguemo and Stephane Mbia with Achille Emana and Alexandre Song.
 
The 2002 champions' bright start to the second half was rewarded when Eto'o headed home a cross from the right on 51 minutes.
 
But Egypt coach Hassan Shehata locked the door five minutes later when he replaced Zidan with defender Ahmed Al Muhammadi and Hosni secured victory with a strike from 25 metres.
 
Eto'o's stoppage-time penalty took him to within one goal of the Nations Cup record of 14 set by Ivory Coast's Laurent Pokou in 1970.

Date created : 2008-01-22

COMMENT(S)