Egypt kick off their ACN defence with victory over Nigeria; Mozambique-Benin locked in 2-all draw

Mozambique 2 – Benin 2 (African Cup of Nations, January 12, 2010) A Razak Omotoyossi penalty and a Dario Khan own goal put Benin 2-up, only for Mozambique to pull themselves back in the game through Almiro Lobo on the half hour. The Squirrels equalised in the 54th minute when a quick throw-in exposed the stranded Benin keeper, allowing Goncalves Fumo to roll the ball into the empty net.

Egypt 3 – Nigeria 1 (African Cup of Nations, January 12, 2010) Arguably the first big match of the African Cup of Nations saw Egypt take on Nigeria, and the Flying Eagles struck first against the reigning champs with a thunderous 12th minute drive from Hoffenhiem forward Chinedu Obasi. A terrific match then unfolded, Egypt controlling possession against a resilient Nigeria rearguard, but it was a mistake that lead to the Pharaohs leveller 10 minutes from the break as a slick pass from midfield saw Emad Motab beat keeper Enyeama to the ball and the striker rolled his shot into an empty net. Seven minutes after the break Egypt took the lead with a cracker, Zidan laid the ball back to Ahmed Hassan on the edge of the box the captain whacked a deflected shot into the far corner. With Nigeria flailing in the final stages, a late Egyptian attack saw ball to squared to Mohamed Nagy Gedo and the forward drilled home his just his second goal for the national team to wrap up the points.