Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Wednesday 13 January 2010 – 149 DAYS TO THE WORLD CUP

Last night the African Nations Cup provided a thrilling game as holders Egypt beat Nigeria 3-1 in Angola. Unsurprisingly reported as the match of the tournament so far, Nigeria actually took the lead in the 12th minute through Obasi Ogbuke before Moteab equalised for Egypt in the 34th minute to make the score at half time 1-1. Annoyingly being played during the hours of my work I was able to manage a quick peak on an illegal internet stream of the game which displayed a high pace and picking a perfect time for a look I managed to see Hassan smack an Egyptian screamer in the 54th minute which with replays detailed a wicked deflection. Later on Egypt sealed a 3-1 win against their World Cup qualifier opponents who are currently being regarded as something of underachievers as it is said that their team/squad is currently somewhat top heavy with an abundance of strikers but not so much quality behind them to back them up.

In the other game Benin lost a 2-0 to end up only drawing 2-2 against Mozambique. I don’t think it would be too flippant of me to suggest that these may be the only points these teams see in these finals.

Today sees Cameroon begin their campaign in the tournament as they take on Gabon in their opening Group D match. Group D represents something of a sleepy affair and now that Cameroon have the much liked and respected Paul Le Guen as manager.

The other game in the group is Zambia vs Tunisia who lack the pedigree of the Lions Indomptables although Tunisia should be fancied as the team most likely to make it out of Group D alongside Cameroon.

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