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Ahead of the 2010 tournaments, the PUMA Mascot Design competition invited students at selected universities in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana and Tunisia to create a mascot design symbolizing their national team and the perception of football in their country. The students were inspired by joy, hope, pride, honor, and glory to produce either a sculpture, picture, or painting. Selecting winners from so many beautiful and inspiring entries was extremely difficult, and we would like to thank all of the fans who shared with us their vision of what their national team means to them, and how to reflect this in a mascot. We are pleased and proud to present the chosen winners for each participating country.
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".
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.
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.