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Latest update : 2008-02-10

Title holders Egypt will take on Cameroon on the last day of the African Nations Cup, in a repeat of their opening game. A victory would be the Pharaohs' sixth and the Lions' fourth. (Report: D. Charton, F. Picard)

Holders Egypt aim to extend their African Nations Cup record to a sixth title when they face four-times champions Cameroon in Sunday's final (1700 GMT).

Both teams head into the match at the Ohene Djan stadium following remarkable semi-final results. Egypt thrashed favourites Ivory Coast 4-1 and Cameroon knocked out hosts Ghana 1-0.

The Pharaohs have the psychological edge on Cameroon after beating them 4-2 in their opening group game on Jan. 22. Egypt also inflicted on the West Africans their only defeat in a Nations Cup final in 1986.

"We made individual mistakes but now we have corrected them," said Cameroon captain Rigobert Song, who will play his
33rd Nations Cup match, of their losing start to the tournament.

Cameroon midfielder Alexandre Song, who missed training on Saturday, is doubtful with a leg injury although coach Otto
Pfister said he would be fit.

Egypt will be at full strength if striker Mohamed Zidan fully recovers from a knee injury.

Date created : 2008-02-10