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AFRICAN NATIONS CUP 2002

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This tournament has been run since 1957 with the 2002 edition being the 23rd time it has been held. This tournament is bi-annual and is held in the early part of the year when most European countries are in winter break. The tournament was hosted in 2002 by Mali.

History

Ghana and Egypt have won the tournament the most, both with four triumphs. The other tournament winners have been spread over a wide amount of countries as shown below.

YEAR

WINNER

YEAR

WINNER

YEAR

WINNER

1957

Egypt

1974

Zaire (Congo DR)

1990

Algeria

1959

Egypt

1976

Morocco

1992

Ivory Coast

1962

Ethiopia

1978

Ghana

1994

Nigeria

1963

Ghana

1980

Nigeria

1996

South Africa

1965

Ghana

1982

Ghana

1998

Egypt

1968

Congo DR (Zaire)

1984

Cameroon

2000 Cameroon

1970

Sudan

1986

Egypt

   

1972

Congo

1988

Cameroon

   

Tournament

One African World Cup qualifier  Tunisia was eliminated in the group stage and another South Africa was eliminated in the quarter-finals with neither team performing well. Most of the other big name countries performed reasonably with Morocco and Ghana making the quarter-finals. The semi-finals were made up of three World Cup qualifiers who had not conceded a goal up until that stage, and the hosts Mali. Cameroon and Senegal won their semi-finals and could not score against each other in the final and for the second straight tournament Cameroon won on penalties.

Group Stage

Group A

19/1 Mali              1-1 Liberia

21/1 Algeria          0-1 Nigeria

24/1 Mali              0-0 Nigeria

25/1 Algeria          2-2 Liberia

28/1 Mali              2-0 Algeria

28/1 Liberia          0-1 Nigeria

Group B

20/1 Burkina Faso 0-0 South Africa

21/1 Ghana            0-0 Morocco

24/1 Ghana            0-0 South Africa

26/1 Burkina Faso 1-2 Morocco

30/1 Morocco       1-3 South Africa

30/1 Burkina Faso 1-2 Ghana

Group C

20/1 Cameroon     1-0 DR Congo

21/1 Cote d'Ivoire 0-0 Togo

25/1 Cameroon     1-0 Cote D'Ivoire

26/1 DR Congo     0-0 Togo 

29/1 Cameroon     3-0 Togo

29/1 DR Congo     3-1 Cote D'Ivoire

Group D

20/1 Egypt          0-1 Senegal

21/1 Tunisia        0-0 Zambia

25/1 Egypt          1-0 Tunisia

26/1 Senegal       1-0 Zambia

31/1 Egypt          2-1 Zambia

31/1 Senegal       0-0 Tunisia

 

Quarter-Finals

  3/2 Nigeria         1-0 Ghana

  3/2 South Africa 0-2 Mali

  4/2 Cameroon    2-0 Egypt

  4/2 Senegal        2-0 DR Congo

 

Semi-Finals

   7/2 Senegal        2-1 Nigeria

   7/2 Cameroon    3-0 Mali

 

3rd-Place Play-Off 

12/2 Nigeria         0-1 Mali          

 

Final                                            PENALTIES

13/2 Senegal        0-0 Cameroon       2-3

 

Overall

Cameroon became the first team since Ghana in the 1960s to win back to back titles and also joined Egypt and Ghana on four triumphs in the African Nations Cup. The tournament was uninspiring with boring play and many scoreless matches. The African World Cup qualifiers did not perform well, apart from Cameroon who showed they are easily the best African team at the present time, and Senegal who reached their first ever final.

 

Best XI

Tony Sylva (Senegal)

Sibusiso Zuma (South Africa)

Taribo West (Nigeria)

Rigobert Song (Cameroon)

Ifeanyi Udeze (Nigeria)

Hany Ramzy (Egypt)

Seydou Keita (Mali)

Rafik Saifi (Algeria)

Patrick Mboma (Cameroon)

Julius Aghahowa (Nigeria)

El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)

 

Top Goalscorer

3 - Patrick Mboma        - Cameroon

3 - Saloman Olembe      - Cameroon

3 - Julius Aghahowa      - Nigeria

2 - Hazem Emam          - Egypt

2 - Isaac Boakye           - Ghana

2 - Bassale Toure          - Mali

2 - Hicham Zerouali       - Morocco

2 - Salif Diao                 - Senegal

 

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