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Pharaohs grab record fifth Nations Cup crown

Egypt won African Nations Cup title when they defeated Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 14:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Hosts Egypt won a record fifth African Nations Cup title when they defeated Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties after both teams failed to score after normal and extra time in the final.

Didier Drogba and Bakari Kone missed the penalties for Ivory Coast while Abdel Halim Ali missed his for Egypt.

The Pharaohs had previously won the biennial competition in 1957, 1959, 1986 and 1998. Ghana and Cameroon have each captured the tournament four times.

It was also the sixth time in the Nations Cup history that the championship was decided by spot kicks.

Egypt skipper Ahmed Hasan failed to break the deadlock seven minutes into extra time when his penalty kick after a dubious foul on Mohamed Barakat by Blaise Kouassi hit the base of the post and came back into play.

Amr Zaki's effort on 83 minutes after Tizie failed to hold Ahmed Hasan's shot from outside the box was also disallowed by Tunisian referee Mourad Daami for an infringement on the Ivorian goalkeeper.

Egypt, parading as many as seven players from African club champions Al Ahly in their starting line-up, went into attack from the blast of the first whistle, but the Ivorian defence marshalled by Arsenal's Kolo Toure held out.

Zaki had the first shot at goal after five minutes but his right footer missed its mark. Then five minutes later, the crafty Ahmed Hasan was brought down near the box by Kouassi but the freekick by Abdelzaher El Saqqa missed narrowly.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 14:40 IST