The 2010 African Cup of Nations provided a political appetizer to Africa's first World Cup. A stubborn stain remains, but it should not distract from Egypt's remarkable three consecutive African Nations Cups.
Props to the Pharoahs! Hassan Shehata had them playing some seriously penetrating football. They were passing and moving like a Bob Paisley machine -- that's the highest of all high compliments one can make about a football manager. Aboutrika, Mido and Zaki, all seemed like yesterday's men, as precocious and timely talents like Shikabla and Geddo combined with creative mainstays like Hassan, Motaeb and Zidan to persuade the ball into their opponents net. Gomaa and El Hadary ensured there would be few arguments at the other end. The Pharoahs will be missed in South Africa, especially when some European adventurers hack their way South in search of the treasure that is avoiding defeat.