PUMA News Archive
African Cup of Nations
Another exhilarating weekend of international football witnessed some fantastic results for PUMA teams, edging several sides closer to European and African Cup of Nations qualification. Here’s our round-up of the biggest fixtures:
We at PUMA believe 2010 will be remembered as the year African football finally came of age.
The result was never really in doubt but it was a lot of fun getting here. Egypt beat Ghana 1-0 in the final to secure a record-breaking third Africa Cup of Nations trophy in a row.
Although the Black Stars raised more than a few eyebrows with their dominating performance tonight, the Pharaohs always had another gear and wily manager Shehata another trick up his sleeve. It was his timely decision to bring on substitute Mohame Gedo that won him the game.
Whatever the result in the final, Egypt star Mohamed Zidan has already won one title: the Africa Cup of Nation's greatest haircut. Even the remarkable centre-parting and hair band of the Ivory Coast's Gervinho didn't come close to this "do".
Last Saturday, Puma Football attended the opening ceremony and tournament's first game between the host nation and Mali in the capital city of Luanda. The experience was unforgettable. Acrobats, fireworks and raucous rhythms dazzled and delighted the 40,000 strong crowd but in terms of spectacle nothing quite matched the brilliantly insane fans.
He may be a natural on the pitch but when it comes to singing in the pool, Egypt's star striker Mohamed Zidan definitely hasn't got talent.
When PUMAFootball arrived at the team hotel at 1:30 am following the Pharaohs 4-0 demolition of Algeria in the quarterfinals, we were greeted by a terrible racket. Was a cat being strangled somewhere? No, it's just the sound of Zizou crooning along to his favorite traditional national tunes while splashing about in the water.
Stepping out of his fire engine red jeep in his red loafers and red jeans, you can't miss Luanda's local hero, Gil Gomes. Wherever he goes, everyone wants to shake his hand, say hello and take his picture.
One of 11 brothers and sisters, he made his name as a flamboyant striker who wore the number 10 for Benfica and Portugal. With his trademark crimson clothes, gel wet jerry curls and easy smile he has the air of an Angolan Ronaldinho, although with far better teeth, and the people of Luanda love him for it.
DING! DING! It's Round 2010 of the everlasting football feud between Egypt and Algeria. And as the two North African giants prepare to go toe-to-toe this evening in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations, each side is desperate to get the upper hand.
PUMAFootball: You've played in Spain, now Italy, what does it mean to come back to Africa and hear the fans cheer for you?
ETO'O: It is an honor for me to play all the time in African stadia. I believe that my dearest - dearest dream is always to return. Every time I go away, I tell myself Samuel, when will you come back?? And every time I come back, I really enjoy it. Yesterday, despite the fact we lost, you can see that, here, where I live in Africa, people are proud to see me again. I can use the occasion to tell the spectators that I have to thank them for their welcome yesterday in the stadium. And, yesterday, I couldn't score, I tried to do my best but that depends on how you see it; I hope we will be luckier on Sunday. I hope I'll score and I hope that I'll be able to put my teammates in better positions so that they can score.