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THE SHOT THAT PASSED RIGHT THROUGH THE NET    African Cup Of Nations 2000  JAN 22 - FEB 13  Nigeria/Ghana
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Group A
Group B
Group C
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 General review  
    The return of Nigeria completed a field of teams that outshined what was seen at the Nations Cup since 1992. All major forces in African football showed up and most of them in good form and so it was no accident that 4 World Cup qualificants of 1998 formed the semi-finals.
    The tournament was marred by crowd trouble in Nigeria and culminated in a thrilling finale between Nigeria and Cameroon, won by the Indomitable Lions who were impressive throughout the tournament.
    Two teams of the region had qualified for the finals, possibly because of the regional advantage, but also because they seem to be the strongest teams at the moment. Ghana for example did not benefit from the homefield advantage. In their only game against a team from another region they were eliminated in the quarter finals by South Africa.
    While Senegal were one of the revelations of the tournament, Egypt, Morocco, and Côte d'Ivoire rather disappointed. The West African 'magicians' at least demonstrated their potential and, like Morocco, became inevitable casualties of the constellation after the draw which implicated two giants would be out after the first round for sure.
    It had been easy to predict that the coaches of those teams would have to go whether it was making sense or not.
    In the end it had been some remarkable football after some stuttering bginning due to the problems in preperation not at last caused by the problems African professionals face torn between club and country commitments.
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