Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

2 February 2010

Africa: CAF Makes Public the Best Eleven

The selection was made by members of the Technical Committee.

The 27th edition of the African Nations Cup has come and gone with Egypt emerging champion for the third time on a trot. A total of seventy-one goals were scored, a hundred and twenty-two bookings recorded.

Egyptian attacker, Mohamed Gedo emerged highest goal scorer of the tournament with five goals, while Samuel Eto'o took his record of highest goal scorer at the final phase of the African nations cup tournament to eighteen. Ahmed Hassan, of Egypt became the first African captain to lift the trophy thrice.

Meeting hours before the final of the Nations cup, the Technical Committee of CAF selected the best eleven players of the tournament. According to the Committee; Essam EL Hadary (EGY) is the best goalkeeper of the tournament; defenders, Madjid Bougherra (ALG), Wael Gomaa (EGY), Mabina (ANG); midfielders; Alexandre Song (CMR), Ahmed Fathi (EGY), Ahmed Hassan (EGY), while the attackers include; Peter Odemwingie (NGR), Asamoah Gyan (GHA), Flavio (ANG) and Mohamed Zidan (EGY). The best coach of the tournament is Egyptian Shehata, a stern, silver-haired 60-year-old who succeeded Italian Marco Tardelli six years ago. Though he has announced his retirement from the helm of the technical team, Egyptian authorities are bent on making him change his decision.

The most indisciplined team of the tournament was Algeria having received three red cards. Meanwhile CAF also announced the suspension of Togo from the next two tournaments. According to a decision made public by the President of the Confederation of African Football, the continental football governing body whole-heartedly condemns the interference of Togolese politicians into football matters.

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