Today ends the group stage of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. The biannual national soccer tournament awards the champion of the African continent.
The competing teams were chosen as the best teams from their groups in World Cup qualification, which wrapped up in November 2009.
With the first round of matches drawing to an end Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria have all qualified for the knockout stage of the tournament. The place of the final two teams to qualify will be decided today upon the completion the final two matches; Gabon versus Zambia and Cameroon versus Tunisia. All four teams still have a chance to move on.
This is one of the most exciting soccer tournaments in the world and many European clubs watch carefully to find new and young talent. So far, the leading goalscorers through 3 games are Flavio Amado of Angola, currently playing for club Al-Shabab in Saudi Arabia, and Seydou Keita of Mali, who plays club football with FC Barcelona in Spain.
Other big stars include Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/FC Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast/Chelsea FC), and Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon/FC Internazionale).
Unfortunately, Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo/Manchester City FC) will not be featured in the games as the Togo national team bus was attacked by rebels during it’s travels, after which the team forfeited the tournament.
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