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2008 Africa Cup of Nations
Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2008

Africa Cup of Nations 2008 official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Ghana
Dates 20 January – 10 February
Teams 16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Egypt (6th title)
Runner-up  Cameroon
Third place  Ghana
Fourth place  Côte d'Ivoire
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 99 (3.09 per match)
Attendance 714,000 (22,313 per match)
Top scorer(s) Cameroon Samuel Eto'o (5 goals)
Best player Egypt Hosny Abd Rabo

The 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the MTN Africa Cup of Nations due to the competition's sponsorship by MTN, was the 26th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial football tournament for nations affiliated to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The tournament was staged at four venues around Ghana between 20 January and 10 February 2008. Egypt won the tournament, beating Cameroon 1–0 in the final. With 99 goals, it was the highest-scoring Africa Cup of Nations ever.

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Background

Ghana won the right to host the tournament after defeating Libya 9–3 in a vote among Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee members in Cairo. South Africa withdrew their bid after winning the right to host the 2010 World Cup.

Host venues

African cup 2008 venues Ghana.svg
Cities Venues Capacity
Kumasi Baba Yara Stadium 40,528
Accra Ohene Djan Stadium 45,000
Tamale Tamale Stadium 21,017
Sekondi-Takoradi Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium 20,088

Squads

Qualification

The entrants were divided into 12 groups. All group winners and the best three runners-up from groups with four teams (groups 2-11) qualified for the finals. Host Ghana qualified automatically. Qualifying took place between 2 September 2006 and 13 October 2007.

Teams

A map of Africa showing the qualified nations, highlighted by stage reached.
  •  Ghana – Host, 16th appearance (4 titles)
  •  Côte d'Ivoire – Group 1 winner, 17th appearance (1 title)
  •  Egypt – Group 2 winner, 21st appearance (5 titles)
  •  Nigeria – Group 3 winner, 15th appearance (2 titles)
  •  Sudan – Group 4 winner, 7th appearance (1 title)
  •  Cameroon – Group 5 winner, 15th appearance (4 titles)
  •  Angola – Group 6 winner, 4th appearance
  •  Senegal – Group 7 winner, 11th appearance
  •  Guinea – Group 8 winner, 9th appearance
  •  Mali – Group 9 winner, 5th appearance
  •  Namibia – Group 10 winner, 2nd appearance
  •  Zambia – Group 11 winner, 13th appearance
  •  Morocco – Group 12 winner, 13th appearance (1 title)
  •  Tunisia – Group 4 runner-up, 13th appearance (1 title)
  •  Benin – Group 9 runner-up, 2nd appearance
  •  South Africa – Group 11 runner-up, 7th appearance (1 title)

Match officials

16 referees and 16 assistant referees were selected for the tournament, including two from Japan and one from North Korea.[1]

Referees Assistant Referees
Algeria Mohamed Benouza Algeria Brahim Djezzar
Cameroon Divine Evehe Cameroon Evarist Menkouande
Japan Yuichi Nishimura Japan Toru Sagara
Morocco Abderrahim El Arjoun Morocco Redouane Achik
South Africa Jerome Damon South Africa Enock Molefe
Togo Kokou Djaoupe Togo Komi Konyoh
Tunisia Kacem Bennaceur Tunisia Bechir Hassani
Algeria Djamel Haimoudi North Korea Hae Sang Jeong
Benin Coffi Codjia Rwanda Celestin Ntagungira
The Gambia Modou Sowe Eritrea Angesom Ogbamariam
Ghana Alex Kotey Burundi Desire Gahungu
Mali Koman Coulibaly Burkina Faso Lassina Paré
Senegal Badara Diatta Nigeria Peter Edibe
Seychelles Eddy Maillet Angola Inacio Manuel Candido
Uganda Muhmed Ssegonga Egypt Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi
Zimbabwe Kenias Marange Zambia Kenneth Chichenga

Seeding and grouping procedure

The draw for the tournament took place on 19 October 2007. The sixteen teams were divided into four pots according to their performances in past Cup of Nations tournaments. Ghana, as host, were automatically seeded as the top team in Group A. Egypt, the defending champions, were seeded as the top team in Group C.[2] Each group consists of four teams, one drawn from each of the pots.

  • Pot 1: Ghana (Group A), Egypt (Group C), Nigeria, Tunisia
  • Pot 2: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal
  • Pot 3: Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Zambia
  • Pot 4: Angola, Benin, Namibia, Sudan

Group stage

Key to colors in group tables
Top two placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals
Third and fourth placed teams were eliminated
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Tie-breaking criteria

Where two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:[3]

  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 group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. number of away goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
  5. goal difference in all group matches;
  6. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. drawing of lots by the organizing committee.

All times given as local time (UTC+0)

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9
 Guinea 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Morocco 3 1 0 2 7 6 +1 3
 Namibia 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1
2008-01-20
17:00
Ghana  2 – 1  Guinea Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet Seychelles
A. Gyan Goal 55' (pen.)
Muntari Goal 90'
(Report) Kalabane Goal 65'

2008-01-21
15:00
Namibia  1 – 5  Morocco Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Divine Evehe Cameroon
Brendell Goal 24' (Report) Alloudi Goal 1'5'28'
Sektioui Goal 40' (pen.)
Zerka Goal 74'

2008-01-24
17:00
Guinea  3 – 2  Morocco Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Jerome Damon South Africa
Feindouno Goal 11'63' (pen.)
Bangoura Goal 59'
(Report) Aboucherouane Goal 60'
Ouaddou Goal 90'

2008-01-24
19:30
Ghana  1 – 0  Namibia Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur Tunisia
Agogo Goal 41' (Report)

2008-01-28
17:00
Ghana  2 – 0  Morocco Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Modou Sowe The Gambia
Essien Goal 26'
Muntari Goal 45'
(Report)

2008-01-28
17:00
Guinea  1 – 1  Namibia Sekondi-Takoradi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Muhmed Ssegonga Uganda
Youla Goal 62' (Report) Brendell Goal 80'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Côte d'Ivoire 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Nigeria 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 4
 Mali 3 1 1 1 1 3 -2 4
 Benin 3 0 0 3 1 7 -6 0
2008-01-21
17:00
Nigeria  0 – 1  Côte d'Ivoire Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Mohamed Benouza Algeria
(Report) Kalou Goal 66'

2008-01-21
19:45[4]
Mali  1 – 0  Benin Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Jerome Damon South Africa
Kanouté Goal 49' (pen.) (Report)

2008-01-25
17:00
Côte d'Ivoire  4 – 1  Benin Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Kenias Marange Zimbabwe
Drogba Goal 40'
Y. Touré Goal 44'
Keïta Goal 53'
Dindane Goal 63'
(Report) Omotoyossi Goal 90'

2008-01-25
19:30
Nigeria  0 – 0  Mali Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Abderrahim El Arjoun Morocco
(Report)

2008-01-29
17:00
Nigeria  2 – 0  Benin Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi-Takoradi
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Kacem Bennaceur Tunisia
Mikel Goal 53'
Yakubu Goal 86'
(Report)

2008-01-29
17:00
Côte d'Ivoire  3 – 0  Mali Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet Seychelles
Drogba Goal 9'
Zoro Goal 54'
Sanogo Goal 86'
(Report)

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Egypt 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7
 Cameroon 3 2 0 1 10 5 +5 6
 Zambia 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
 Sudan 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9 0
2008-01-22
17:00
Egypt  4 – 2  Cameroon Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 42,000
Referee: Modou Sowe The Gambia
Hosny Goal 14' (pen.)82'
Zidan Goal 17'45'
(Report) Eto'o Goal 51'90' (pen.)

2008-01-22
19:30
Sudan  0 – 3  Zambia Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Badara Diatta Senegal
(Report) Chamanga Goal 2'
J. Mulenga Goal 50'
F. Katongo Goal 59'

2008-01-26
17:00
Cameroon  5 – 1  Zambia Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura Japan
Geremi Goal 28'
Job Goal 32'82'
Emana Goal 44'
Eto'o Goal 66' (pen.)
(Report) C. Katongo Goal 90'

2008-01-26
19:30
Egypt  3 – 0  Sudan Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia Benin
Hosny Goal 29' (pen.)
Aboutreika Goal 78'83'
(Report)

2008-01-30
17:00
Cameroon  3 – 0  Sudan Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kokou Djaoupe Togo
Eto'o Goal 27' (pen.)90'
El Khider Goal 33' (o.g.)
(Report)

2008-01-30
17:00
Egypt  1 – 1  Zambia Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly Mali
Zaki Goal 15' (Report) C. Katongo Goal 88'

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Tunisia 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
 Angola 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
 Senegal 3 0 2 1 4 6 -2 2
 South Africa 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 2
2008-01-23
17:00
Tunisia  2 – 2  Senegal Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura Japan
Jemâa Goal 9'
Traoui Goal 82'
(Report) Bayal Sall Goal 45'
Kamara Goal 66'

2008-01-23
19:30
South Africa  1 – 1  Angola Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly Mali
van Heerden Goal 87' (Report) Manucho Goal 29'

2008-01-27
17:00
Senegal  1 – 3  Angola Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Modou Sowe The Gambia
Diagne-Faye Goal 20' (Report) Manucho Goal 50'67'
Flávio Goal 78'

2008-01-27
19:30
Tunisia  3 – 1  South Africa Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly Mali
Santos Goal 8'34'
Ben Saada Goal 32'
(Report) Mphela Goal 87'

2008-01-31
17:00
Senegal  1 – 1  South Africa Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Alex Kotey Ghana
H. Camara Goal 36' (Report) van Heerden Goal 14'

2008-01-31
17:00
Tunisia  0 – 0  Angola Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia Benin
(Report)

Knockout stage

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
                   
3 February - Accra        
  Ghana  2
7 February - Accra
  Nigeria  1  
  Ghana  0
4 February - Tamale
    Cameroon  1  
  Tunisia  2
10 February - Accra
  Cameroon  3  
  Cameroon  0
3 February - Sekondi
    Egypt  1
  Côte d'Ivoire  5
7 February - Kumasi
  Guinea  0  
  Côte d'Ivoire  1 Third place
4 February - Kumasi
    Egypt  4  
  Egypt  2   Ghana  4
  Angola  1     Côte d'Ivoire  2
9 February - Kumasi

Quarter-finals

2008-02-03
17:00
Ghana  2 – 1  Nigeria Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Mohamed Benouza Algeria
Essien Goal 45+2'
Agogo Goal 83'
(Report) Yakubu Goal 35' (pen.)

2008-02-03
20:30
Côte d'Ivoire  5 – 0  Guinea Sekondi Stadium, Sekondi
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi Algeria
Keïta Goal 25'
Drogba Goal 70'
Kalou Goal 72'81'
B. Koné Goal 85'
(Report)

2008-02-04
17:00
Egypt  2 – 1  Angola Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura Japan
Hosny Goal 23' (pen.)
Zaki Goal 38'
(Report) Manucho Goal 27'

2008-02-04
20:30
Tunisia  2 – 3 (a.e.t.)  Cameroon Tamale Stadium, Tamale
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Koman Coulibaly Mali
Ben Saada Goal 34'
Chikhaoui Goal 81'
(Report) Mbia Goal 18'93'
Geremi Goal 27'

Semi-finals

2008-02-07
17:00
Ghana  0 – 1  Cameroon Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Abderahim El Arjoune Morocco
(Report) Nkong Goal 72'

2008-02-07
20:30
Côte d'Ivoire  1 – 4  Egypt Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Eddy Maillet Seychelles
Keita Goal 63' (Report) Fathy Goal 12'
Zaki Goal 61'67'
Aboutrika Goal 90+1'

3rd Place

2008-02-09
17:00
Ghana  4 – 2  Côte d'Ivoire Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Jerome Damon South Africa
Muntari Goal 10'
Owusu-Abeyie Goal 70'
Agogo Goal 80'
Dramani Goal 84'
(Report) Sanogo Goal 24'32'

Final

2008-02-10
17:00
Cameroon  0 – 1  Egypt Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Coffi Codjia Benin
(Report) Aboutrika Goal 77'
 Africa Cup of Nations
2008 Winners 

Egypt
Sixth title

Awards

Player of the Tournament

Top scorer

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.[6]

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

Egypt Essam El-Hadary

Cameroon Geremi Njitap
Egypt Wael Gomaa
Ghana Michael Essien

Ghana Sulley Muntari
Côte d'Ivoire Yaya Touré
Cameroon Alexandre Song
Egypt Hosny Abd Rabo
Egypt Mohamed Aboutreika

Egypt Amr Zaki
Angola Manucho

Substitutes

Scorers

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
2 goals, cont.
1 goal
1 goal, cont.
Own goals

References

  1. ^ Referees
  2. ^ Caf release Cup of Nations' seeds, "BBC Sport", 18 October 2007. Accessed 4 February 2008.
  3. ^ Article 5, paragraph 13 in the Regulations of the XXVth Africa Cup of Nations guide.
  4. ^ Kick-off delayed by 15 minutes due to floodlight failure
  5. ^ "Abd Rabou wins best player award". BBC Sport. 2008-02-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/africa/7238058.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-11.  
  6. ^ "CAF names Best XI for Ghana 2008 ACN". cafonline.com. 2008-02-10. http://www.cafonline50.com/?lng=1&cmpt=0&module=media&ANC=&TNews=1&idrub=96375&idnews=82854. Retrieved 2008-02-11.  

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