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Soccer News of Monday, 11 February 2008

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Abd Rabou: CAN08 MVP

Abd Rabou scored four goals and, in the final, hit the post Egpyt midfielder Hosni Abd Rabou was named player of the tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

Abd Rabou, 23, scored four goals in the tournament, just one behind Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, who finished as the Nations Cup top scorer.

Mohamed Aboutrika was named man of the match for the final after scoring the only goal in the win over Cameroon.

Abd Rabou and Aboutrika were among five Egyptian players in the Confederation of African Football's Best XI.

Outstanding goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari, Wael Gomaa and Amr Zaky were also in the Best XI for the tournament, while Hani Said and Ahmed Fathi were named as substitutes.

Host nation Ghana and losing finalists Cameroon were the other nations with more than one player in the Best XI.

Abd Rabou, who plays his club football for Egyptian side Ismaily, was named in the squad for the 2006 tournament but had to withdraw through injury.

Eto'o, who finished on the losing side in the final, scored all of his five goals in the group stage, three of them coming from the penalty spot.

The Cameroon forward, who appeared to pick up an injury in the final, now has 16 goals in Nations Cup finals, surpassing Ivorian Laurent Pokou's record of 14.

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