2010 Africa Cup of Nations

The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations for sponsorship reasons, was the 27th Africa Cup of Nations, the biennial football championship of Africa. It was held in Angola, where it began on 10 January 2010 and concluded on 31 January.
In the tournament, the hosts Angola were to be joined by 15 nations who advanced from the qualification process that began in October 2007 and involved 53 African national teams. The withdrawal of Togo after a terrorist attack on their bus upon arriving for the tournament reduced the number of participating nations to 15. A total of 29 games were played, instead of the scheduled 32 games. Egypt won the tournament, their seventh ACN title and an unprecedented third in a row, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final.

Host selection

Bids :
Rejected Bids :
On 4 September 2006, the Confederation of African Football approved a compromise between rival countries to host the Africa Cup of Nations after it ruled out Nigeria. CAF agreed to award the next three editions from 2010 to Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Libya respectively. They assigned Angola in 2010, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, which submitted a joint bid in 2012, and Libya for 2014.
This edition was awarded to Angola to encourage the country to move towards peace after the Angolan Civil War.
Two-time former host Nigeria is the reserve host for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 tournaments, in the event that any of the host countries fails to meet the requirements established by CAF.
The 2014 tournament was pushed forward to 2013 and subsequently held in odd-numbered years to avoid year-clash with the FIFA World Cup.


The Confederation of African Football announced that the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification would also be the qualification for this tournament. Despite the fact Angola are the host of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, they also needed to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. A similar situation was true for South Africa. Although they will be the hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they still needed to compete in the qualification tournament in order to qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Qualified teams

Estádio 11 de Novembro
Estádio Nacional do Chiazi

Capacity: 50,000
Capacity: 20,000
Estádio Nacional de Ombaka
Estádio Nacional da Tundavala

Capacity: 35,000
Capacity: 20,000


The draw for the final tournament took place on 20 November 2009 at the Talatona Convention Centre in Luanda, Angola. The 16 teams were split into four pots, with Pot 1 containing the top four seeded nations. Angola were seeded as hosts and Egypt as reigning holders. The remaining 14 teams were ranked based on their records in the three last editions of the competition. Cameroon and Ivory Coast had the two strongest records and so completed the top seeded Pot 1. The four seeded teams were placed into their groups in advance of the final draw.
Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4

Match officials

The following referees were chosen for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
RefereesAssistant Referees

Mohamed Benouza

Hélder Martins de Carvalho

Coffi Codjia

Noumandiez Doué

Essam Abdel-Fatah

Koman Coulibaly

Rajindraparsad Seechurn

Khalil Al Ghamdi

Badara Diatta

Eddy Maillet

Daniel Bennett

Jerome Damon

Khalid Abdel Rahman

Kokou Djaoupe

Kacem Bennaceur

Muhmed Ssegonga

Inácio Manuel Candido

Desire Gahungu

Evarist Menkouande

Nasser Sadek Abdel Nabi

Angesom Ogbamariam

Ayuba Haruna

Hassan Kamranifar

Fooad El Maghrabi

Moffat Champiti

Redouane Achik

Peter Edibe

Mohammed Al Ghamdi

Enock Molefe

Celestin Ntagungira

Bechir Hassani

Kenneth Chichenga


Group stage

Tie-breaking criteria

If two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:
  1. points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. fair play points system taking into account the number of yellow and red cards;
  7. drawing of lots by the organising committee.
All times given as local time

Group A


Group B


Group C


Group D


Knockout stage

All times given as local time





Third place play-off



The following players were selected as the best in their respective positions, based on their performances throughout the tournament. Their performances were analysed by the tournament's Technical Study Group, who picked the team.

Essam El-Hadary

Madjid Bougherra

Wael Gomaa


Ahmed Fathy

Peter Odemwingie

Alex Song

Ahmed Hassan

Asamoah Gyan

Mohamed Zidan


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*** indicates the team played only two matches in the group stage, due to the withdrawal of Togo from the tournament.


The Mascot for the Tournament is Palanquinha, which was inspired by the Giant Sable Antelope, a national symbol and a treasured animal in Angola. In Angola, this animal is found only in the Cangandala National Park in Malange Province.

Match ball

The official match ball for the tournament is the Adidas Jabulani Angola, a modified version of the Adidas Jabulani to be used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with the colours of the flag of Angola.


Tournament had seven sponsors, Doritos, MTN Group, NASUBA, Orange, Pepsi, Samsung and only African corporate sponsor Standard Bank.

Attack on the Togo national team

On 8 January 2010, the team bus of the Togo national football team was attacked by gunmen in Cabinda, Angola as it travelled to the tournament. A spokesman for the Togolese football federation said assistant coach Améleté Abalo and press officer Stanislaud Ocloo had died as well as the driver. The separatist group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda-Military Position claimed responsibility for the attack. The Togolese team [|withdrew] from the competition the following day. The players initially decided to compete to commemorate the victims in this way, but were immediately ordered to return by the Togolese government.
Following their departure from Angola, Togo were formally disqualified from the tournament after failing to fulfil their opening Group B game against Ghana on 11 January.
On 30 January 2010, CAF banned Togo from participating in the next two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and fined the team $50,000 due to "government involvement in the withdrawal from the tournament". Togo were unable to compete until the 2015 tournament, but that ban was lifted on 14 May 2010 by a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.