Record Book Shattered
The Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) in Ghana was a tournament that shattered the record book. Egypt’s success took their record-breaking tally of tournament wins to six while captain Ahmed Hassan became the first player to win three titles (1998, 2006, 2008). Hassan was also playing in a record-equalling seventh CAN, the same as Rigobert Song, his counterpart from Cameroon. Song extended his record of the most number of games played at the finals to 33 since he first appeared at the CAN 12 years ago. Even more remarkable is the fact the centre back has played every minute of every game for Cameroon since the finals in South Africa in 1996.
The 16 finalists produced a total of 99 goals in Ghana, bettering by six the record tally from Burkina Faso in 1998.
Samuel Eto’o was again the top goalscorer and with five he created a new all-time goalscoring record, pushing past the previous mark of 14 set by Laurent Pokou to 1970 to take it to 16.