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Holders Egypt kick off treble bid by taking down Eagles

Holders Egypt, seeking an unprecedented third successive African Nations Cup title, made a convincing start by defeating Nigeria 3-1 in Benguela, Angola.

Benin and Mozambique both failed in their bid to win a first-ever Nations Cup match when they played out a 2-2 draw in yesterday's second Group C encounter.

Benin have their first-ever Nations Cup point but will be desperately unhappy with the way they allowed Mozambique back into the game after being 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes.

Egypt, who failed to qualify for the World Cup finals later this year after losing a playoff to Algeria, trailed to a fine 12th-minute strike from Nigeria's Chinedu Obasi.

But, inspired by their 35-year-old captain Ahmed Hassan, Egypt fought back to equalise through Emad Moteab and then went onto score two more goals in the second half. Hassan made it 2-1 in the 54th minute with a wicked deflection off Taye Taiwo and substitute Mohamed Nagui made sure of the win three minutes from the end.

TODAY'S AFRICAN NATIONS CUP GAMES



  • CAMEROON v GABON (Group C, 4.0, Eurosport): Rigobert Song takes part in a record eighth African Cup of Nations in Cameroon's opener. The former Liverpool defender hopes to continue his country's recent good form against Gabon, having beaten them twice in September in World Cup 2010 qualifying.


  • ZAMBIA v TUNISIA (Group D, 6.30, Eurosport): After failing to reach the World Cup, Zambia have been ordered by president Rupiah Banda to win the tournament in Angola. Tunisia will be equally keen to begin with a victory following a shock defeat by Gambia in a warm-up game at the weekend.

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