Finals
Cape TownStadium, Cape Town
Host country
South Africa
Final attendance
16,505
Dates
January 11—February 1, 2014
Teams
16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)
4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions
Libya
(1
st
title)
Runners-up
Ghana
Third place
Nigeria
Fourth place
Zimbabwe
Tournament statistics
Matches played
32
Goals scored
73 (2.28 per match)
Attendance
296,440 (9,264 per match)
Top scorer (4 goals)
Bernard Parker, South Africa
Best player
Ejike Uzoenyi, Nigeria
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created a string of short passes, but Libya’s defence
remained strong and worked hard around captain Ali
Salama. And anything they could not deal with was
scooped up by goalkeeper Mohamed Abdaula.
At the other end, Libya’s Elmutasem Abushnaf failed
to keep his shot low and on target after working his way
to the edge of the Ghanaian penalty box.
This was before some neat exchanges allowed
Ghana’s Theophilus Anobaah to turn inside the Libyan
box, but Ahmed Trbi recovered in time to stop a shot
on goal. As the half ended, Ghana were more in the
ascendancy.
In thesecondhalf, Libyapushedmoreplayersforward
and therewere chancesat either end, but itwasGhanaian
substitute Yahaya Mohamed who came closest to break-
ing the deadlock with an attempted back kick. He didn’t
quite connect and Ahmed Almaghasi cleared the danger.
Libya’s defence remained strong
The game then went into extra time with the Knights hav-
ing a great opportunity to score three minutes in. But
Abuschnaf sent a five-yard header over the bar after a
great cross from Elmehdi Elhouni.
Ghana were within a whisker of scoring just after the
gamemoved into thesecondhalfwhenAbdulMohammed
saw his first time shot trickle past the far post.
Libya’sAbuschnaf thenheadedover fromclose range
andAbdelsalamOmar shouldhaveputtheKnightsahead,
butfromafreeheadereightyardsout,goalkeeperStephen
Adams pulled off a top save.
TheBlackcatswereagain themoredangerous teamin
theclosingstages, butcouldnotforceagoal, the twosides
going into penalties for the second consecutive match.
In the shootout, Stephen Adams, Ghana’s goalkeeper,
blocked two Libyan spot-kicks to send the shootout to
sudden death after the sides were level at 3–3. Libya’s
goalkeeper, Mohamed Abdaula, also saved the first two
Ghanaian penalties.
Ahmed El Trbi then stepped up to score for Libya,
while Joshua Tijani pulled his penalty wide for the crucial
miss, signaling the victory and causing jubilation among
the Libyan players and fans.
Nigeriawon the competition’s bronzemedal by beat-
ing Zimbabwe 1–0 in the match for third/fourth place.
Zimbabwe had to play for 73 minutes with only ten men
due to the sending off of Masimba Mambare in the 17
th
minute.
This year’s tournament in South Africa was the third.
It took place between January 11 and February 1 and was
the firstAfricanNationsChampionship tournamentwhere
all matches were considered full international matches.
The African Nations Championship has strict eligibil-
ity rules and only players who ply their trade in an African
domestic league may participate.
Tunisia won the last Championship, which was held
in Sudan, by beating Angola 3–0 in the final.
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Below: Champions! Libyan’s team players celebrate their
historic victory in Cape Town.
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