Geremi and Cameroon failed to win the African Cup of Nations tonight when Egypt, who are the reigning champions, fully deserved their 1-0 win in Ghana.
Geremi – Cameroon beaten 1-0 in African Cup of Nations Final
Geremi played the full game for Cameroon, but they were unable to overcome a good Egypt performance, who have now won the Championship two times running.
Yet the only goal of the game came quite late in the game – in the 77th minute – when Mohamed Aboutrika poked home a Mohamed Zidan pass. This followed a mistake by Cameroon’s Rigobert Song, who was Cameroon’s best player in their semi final win against hosts Ghana.
Egypt also became the first side to win back-to-back titles twice. Cameroon were seeking their fifth title, but rarely were in the game against the dominant Egyptians.
Geremi did force a save from Essam Al-Hadari from a free-kick, which he has excelled at in the tournament. Maybe that’s how we can score some goals when he returns.
So Geremi will be making his way back to Tyne-side next week, and will be home in plenty of time for the next game at home to Manchester United a week on Saturday, which has a 5:15 pm kick off.
Manchester United were surprisingly beaten today, 2-1, by rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford. The match was played in commemoration of the anniversary of the terrible Munich Air Disaster 50 years ago. But Manchester City, who were 2-0 ahead at half time, thoroughly deserved their win. Sven Eriksson is proving this season, just how good a club manager he is.
African Cup of nations â€“ TEAMS:
Cameroon: Kameni, Tchato, Song, Atouba, Emana (Idrissou 56), Song Billong (Binya 16), Mbia, Epalle (M’Bami 65), Geremi, Nkong, Eto’o.
Subs Not Used: Hamidou, Mbarga, Angbwa, Essola, Makoun, N’Guemo, Tomou, Job.
Booked: Atouba, Idrissou.
Egypt: El Hadari, Mohamed, Hany Said, Gomaa, Moawad, Fathi, Hassan, Abd Rabou, Aboutriaka (Ibrahim Said 89), Moteab (Zidan 60), Zaki (Shawky 84).
Subs Not Used: Abdel Monssef, Sobhy, El Saeed, Fathallah, Gamal, Mostafa, Shaaban, El Mohamady, Fadl.
Goals: Aboutriaka 77.
Ref: Coffi Codja (Benin)
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