Egyptians start partying on field as they receive trophy

Society Materials 11 February 2008 00:07 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The Egyptian national team started partying on the field of the Ohene Djan stadium as they received the trophy for winning the 26th Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday with a 1- 0 victory against Cameroon.

Goalkeeper Esam El Hadary and striker Mohamed Zidan were dancing on the top of the crossbar, while several of their team-mates started beating huge drums that had been brought onto the field for the closing ceremony.

The magnificent trophy was brought to the field by a young girl dressed in a traditional dress carried on a throne by four men.

Ghana president John Kufour, the president of the world controlling body FIFA Joseph Blatter and the president of the African federation CAF Issa Hayatou presented the medals, while Kufour handed over the trophy to the Egyptian captain Ahmed Hassan, who became the first player to have three winners' medals from the competition, having already won in 1998, 2006 and 2008.

A short firework display followed the presentation of the trophy.

Earlier Mohamed Aboutrika had scored the only goal of the match in the second half on as Egypt successfully retained the trophy and won the competition for the sixth time in their history.

Disappointingly the 42,000-seater Ohene Djan stadium was not filled to capacity when the game started and although many of the 15,000 empty seats were filled as the game progressed, several thousand seats remained empty.