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In Group C we find:

Egypt
Cameroon
Sudan
Zambia

Fixtures:

22/01/08: Egypt v Cameroon, Kumasi
22/01/08: Sudan v Zambia, Kumasi

26/01/08: Cameroon v Zambia, Kumasi
26/01/08: Egypt v Sudan, Kumasi

30/01/08: Egypt v Zambia, Kumasi
30/01/08: Cameroon v Sudan, Tamale
 

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Egypt and Cameroon should be making it through but Zambia can make things tough for both of them.

Sudan making their first appereance since 1976..
 

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I think we can top the group, Cameroon aren't as good as they used to.

Sudan were beaten 5-2 by Belgian club Ghent today :D

Yesterday Zambia managed a shock 2-1 win away to Tunisia.
 

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Cameroon confirm Barça allowed to retain Eto'o

Barcelona have permission to retain Samuel Eto'o for two more games before the striker joins up with Cameroon for the African Nations Cup, the president of the Cameroon Football Federation (CFF) confirmed on Tuesday.

"There is no problem. The coach (Otto Pfister) has spoken with the player and accepts that he plays this weekend and then joins the squad, having played two more games with Barcelona," Mohammed Iya told Spanish radio station RAC-1.

Iya admitted Pfister had needed convincing but that the German coach had accepted it would help Eto'o improve his physical fitness after having missed most of the season so far with injury.

Iya's comments supported Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard's assertions that the Primera Liga club had written permission to retain the player.

"The important thing for Samuel is to play and the federation and their coach have seen that that is best for them and for us," Rijkaard told a news conference on Tuesday.

Barcelona have included Eto'o in their squad to face Sevilla in the first leg of their King's Cup last-16 tie on Wednesday and expect to field him at home to Real Murcia in the league on Saturday before he hooks up with Cameroon.

CFF spokesman Abdouraman had called on Monday for Eto'o's immediate release to join the Cameroon squad preparing for the tournament in Ghana which kicks off on Jan. 20.

Abdouraman, who claimed there was no deal with Barcelona, said Pfister needed Eto'o in training to be able to make a final squad selection by the Jan. 10 deadline.

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Eto'o was the only member of a 28-man shortlist not to have confirmed his attendance at a training camp in Burkina Faso and Abdouraman called on Barcelona to release the player by Tuesday.

Abdouraman said Barcelona contacted the CFF last month to request Eto'o remained with the Spanish club until Jan. 16, but Pfister replied that this was impossible because of the essential role the striker plays in the squad.

Barcelona were also reminded of FIFA rules for continental championships stating clubs must release players two weeks before the start of the tournament, Abdouraman said.

"But, surprisingly, last Saturday night we received a message instead from Barça's medical doctor, not the club management as expected, stating that releasing Eto'o would jeopardise his re-education after a prolonged period of absence from the pitch due to a knee injury," said Abdouraman.

Eto'o returned to action for Barcelona last month after a long-term injury that required surgery.

Four-times Nations Cup winners Cameroon are in Group C with Egypt, Sudan and Zambia. The Indomitable Lions play their first game against Egypt on Jan. 22.




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Katongo's goals shock Tunisia in Cup warm-up

Two quick goals from winger Felix Katongo set Zambia on their way to a surprise 2-1 away win over Tunisia in an African Nations Cup warm-up at Rades on Sunday.

Katongo netted twice inside the opening 10 minutes, the first coming with a deflection off defender Wissem Abdi and the second two minutes later from a shot on the edge of the penalty area.

Swiss-based striker Yassine Chikhaoui hit the goalframe for Tunisia midway through the first half and then reduced the deficit two minutes after the break.

Tunisia have a final warm-up match against Iran in Tunis on Jan. 16 while Zambia travel to Morocco for a match on Saturday.

At the Nations Cup, Zambia compete in Group C and Tunisia in Group D. The tournament in Ghana starts on Jan. 20.




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I think that maybe Zambia can go for a shock in this group. If one of the two favourites will choke, Zambia will be ready to step up perhaps? Sudan doesn't look too good as they just lost yesterday to Belgian midtable AA Gent 5-2. :wth:
 

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Don't neglect Sudan! They showed very good spirit both in the quals and then in the CECAFA Cup. Plus, remember the club successes of Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh last year. Sudanese football is on a big rising wave and I hope they will be able to shock the world in that tournament.
 

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Sudan doesn't look too good as they just lost yesterday to Belgian midtable AA Gent 5-2. :wth:
In all fairness to them they were 2-1 up at half time then their coach made several changes where he introduced the second stringers.
 

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Don't neglect Sudan! They showed very good spirit both in the quals and then in the CECAFA Cup. Plus, remember the club successes of Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh last year. Sudanese football is on a big rising wave and I hope they will be able to shock the world in that tournament.
they improved but according to their level they are still far from reaching the second round
 

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Don't neglect Sudan! They showed very good spirit both in the quals and then in the CECAFA Cup. Plus, remember the club successes of Al-Hilal and Al-Merrikh last year. Sudanese football is on a big rising wave and I hope they will be able to shock the world in that tournament.
Hilal and Merikh though were very dependant on their Nigerian imported talent. Godwin, Youseff Mohamed, Klichy, Idahor etc..
 

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In all fairness to them they were 2-1 up at half time then their coach made several changes where he introduced the second stringers.
Alright, didn't know that. Still you may expect more from a national team imo. But we'll see how they will do, I'm not sure they can upset anyone tbh.
 

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If Katongo hits his stride he could be a handful.
Zambia on their day can beat almost anyone but if the don't hit there stride they could get crushed by the Cameroon and Egypt.
If they played like they played in the last game of the qualifiers against South Africa they could go through but if they play like they played against Chad they have no chance,
Cameroon to definatly go through with Egypt, Zambia and Sudan having a battle to who gets second place
 

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Guinea crush sleepy Sudan in Nations Cup warm-up

Guinea thrashed Sudan 6-0 in the most one-sided warm-up so far for the African Nations Cup in Ghana later this month.

Souleymane Youla from French Ligue 1 strugglers Lille struck four goals and Ukraine-based fellow striker Ismael Bangoura and midfielder Victor Correa from French lower league club Cherbourg scored once each in the southern city.

Sudan, who return to the biennial Nations Cup this month after a 32-year absence, have fared poorly here in friendlies, crashing 5-2 to Belgian club Genk before a 2-0 defeat by a virtual second-string Nigeria team.

But coach Mohamed Abdallah, a national hero after the Sudanese 'Desert Hawks' topped a qualifying group ahead of 2004 champions Tunisia, was not concerned by the latest hiding.

"We have been playing a friendly match every two days and my players are tired. These results are not a true reflection of the team that will perform in Ghana," he stressed.

Guinean joy at winning their sole warm-up was diluted by the loss from the squad of defender Kevin Constant of French club Toulouse as world body FIFA has not yet established that his mother was born in the west Africa country.

Another Ligue 1 defender, uncapped teenager Mamadou Bah of Strasbourg, replaces France-born Constant as Guinea prepare for Group A clashes against former champions Ghana and Morocco and minnows Namibia.

Sudan, whose last appearance was at the 1976 Nations Cup in Ethiopia, are in Group C with defending champions Egypt, four-time title holders Cameroon and twice runners-up Zambia.



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EGYPT

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PAST RECORD
* Winners: 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006

* Runners-up: 1962,

* Egypt set a record of five Nations Cup win when they hosted the last tournament in 2006. They will make a record-breaking 21st finals appearance in Ghana.

RECENT FORM
* Egypt have been unconvincing since their Nations Cup triumph two years ago and in 2007 struggled to beat the likes of Botswana, Burundi and Mauritania, traditionally easy prey for the Pharaohs. Their last match against serious African opposition was a goalless draw with Ivory Coast in Paris in August in a re-match of the 2006 Nations Cup final.

COACH
* Hassan Shehata achieved in 2006 as coach what he failed as player in taking the Nations Cup title with Egypt. He played in three tournaments during his decade-long spell in the Egyptian national team.

* The 58-year-old stepped up to the national team job in November 2004, taking over from the Italian Marco Tardelli.

* Shehata had previously been in charge at Cairo club Arab Contractors and also steered Egypt's under 20 team to victory at the 2003 African Youth Championships.

LEADING PLAYER
* Striker Mido was severely sanctioned for calling his coach "a donkey' at the last Nations Cup finals in a touchline fracas and missed the deciding game. But he has been a regular member of the team since. The Middlesbrough striker is racing against time to be fit for the tournament after recent injury.

OTHER
* Captain Ahmed Hassan, the Anderlecht midfielder, will make a record-equalling seventh finals appearance in Ghana. He was a scorer in the 1998 final and won the award as the best player of the 2006 edition.

* Egypt will likely call up a large contingent of players from champions Al Ahli, who were beaten in the 2007 African Champions League final.

* Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Hossam Ghaly is likely to be in the line-up for Egypt despite a lack of playing time at his English club this season.





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CAMEROON

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PAST RECORD
* Winners: 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002

* Runners-up: 1986

* Cameroon have missed just one of the last 13 Nations Cup finals tournament and seek to equal the record of five title wins by Egypt.

RECENT FORM
* Cameroon did not take advantage of FIFA dates in October and November for friendly matches, their last international of the year being the final qualifying game for the 2008 Nations Cup where they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in Equatorial Guinea. They played just six games in 2007.

COACH
* German coach Otto Pfister was handed a two-year contract by Cameroon in November, taking the tally of his national team coaching jobs to 10.

* In Africa he was national coach at Rwanda, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Senegal, Ivory Coast, Zaire and Ghana, with whom he reached the final of the 1992 Nations Cup, which they lost on post-match penalties, and Togo.

* He has also worked at club level in Lebanon, Tunisia and in Egypt, where he won the 2000 African Cup Winners' Cup with Cairo club Zamalek. This year he took Al Merreikh of Sudan to the African Confederation Cup final.

* The 69-year-old Pfister spent most of his playing and early coaching career in Switzerland and has maintained a residence in Zurich since 1959.

LEADING PLAYER
* Samuel Eto'o has recovered from a knee injury to return to form for Barcelona. He was top scorer at the last edition of the finals in Egypt.

OTHER
* Captain Rigobert Song set a record for the most number of Nations Cup finals appearances in Egypt. He has played 27 games for Cameroon since the 1996 finals and will play in a record-equalling seventh tournament in Ghana.

* Midfielder Jean Makoun plays in his third successive Nations Cup finals tournament but the first in which he will be driving force in the Cameroon midfield. Clubs across Europe have long been watching the talented 23-year-old.

* Along with Eto'o and Song, Newcastle United captain Geremi is the only squad member still remaining from the team that won the Nations Cup title in both 2000 and 2002.​



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SUDAN

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PAST RECORD

* Winners: 1970

* Runners-up: 1959, 1963

* Sudan hosted the first Nations Cup tournament in 1957 and won in 1970 when they played host again. Their last appearance at the finals was in 1976.

RECENT FORM
* Sudan have played recent tournaments at the Pan Arab Games and the East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup with an under-23 side, some of whom are likely to be picked for the Nations Cup. They beat Tunisia in September to finish top of their qualifying group.

COACH
* Mohamed Abdallah has led Sudan to their first Nations Cup appearance in 32 years, without taking a single cent for his efforts.

* The 54-year-old former national team captain is a full time trainer at Sudanese club Al Merreikh, where he has been assistant to the German Otto Pfister over the last season.

* Al Merreikh pay Abdallah his US$5,000 monthly salary and allow him to handle the national team without any compensation.

* As a player, Abdallah was a Sudanese international between 1975 and 1986. He took over as national team coach in September 2004.

LEADING PLAYER
* Faisal Agab finished as the top goalscorer in the 2008 Nations Cup qualifiers, netting six goals in as many games.

OTHER
* Midfielder Haitham Mostafa is the king pin of Sudan's midfield, where his playing abilities are a key ingredient in their game plan.

* The majority of Sudan's players are drawn from Khartoum clubs Al Hilal and Al Merreikh, who dominate domestic competition. Al Hilal successfully defended their league title in November and Al Merreikh beat them in December's cup final.

* Plans have been mooted to naturalise several Nigerian footballers playing in Sudan to allow them to compete at the Nations Cup.​



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PAST RECORD

* Runners-up: 1974, 1994

* Zambia have qualified for eight of the last nine Nations Cup finals, but it was in 1996 when they last made it past the first round phase. They were semi-finalists in 1982, 1990 and 1996.

* Zambia were to host the finals in 1988 but withdrew because of financial constraints.

RECENT FORM
* Zambia qualified dramatically by beating South Africa in Cape Town in their final Nations Cup group game in September. They also reached the final of the regional Cosafa Castle Cup in October, only to lose to their South African hosts on penalties after a goalless draw.

COACH
* Patrick Phiri has been to the African Nations Cup previously as a player and an assistant coach

* As a player, Phiri competed in 1982 when Zambia reached the semi-finals and was an assistant coach at the 1998 and 2000 tournaments

* Phiri, 51, coached Zambia's under-20 side at the 1999 world youth championships in Nigeria and also had a spell in Tanzania as coach of Simba SC.

LEADING PLAYER
* Speedy captain Chris Katongo, who plays his club football in Denmark, proved the catalyst for Zambia in the qualifiers with vital goals.

OTHER
* Zambia have included in their squad a handful of players from the under-20 team that competed at the world championships in Canada in mid-2007.

* Zambia have heavy competition for places among the forwards, including former Portsmouth striker Collins Mbesuma and Jacob Mulenga, who plays for French club Racing Strasbourg.

* Central defender Elijah Tana, 32, competed at three previous tournaments, which makes him the most experienced of the squad players.​




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LEADING PLAYER
* Striker Mido was severely sanctioned for calling his coach "a donkey' at the last Nations Cup finals in a touchline fracas and missed the deciding game. But he has been a regular member of the team since. The Middlesbrough striker is racing against time to be fit for the tournament after recent injury.








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How many times do we have to say that MIDO isnt the best or most important player for EGYPT

Leading and most important players are Abo Treka , Hosny abd rabo, Essam El Hadary and ahmed hasan
 

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Like it or not, he IS our most prominent name.

His absence won't cost us much though, after all he only scored once in the previous tournament yet that didn't prevent us from winning it.
 
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