United Arab Republic v Sudan (1959 African Cup of Nations)

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1959 African Cup of Nations Final
Event 1959 African Cup of Nations
Date 29 May 1959
Venue Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Referee Zivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)
Attendance 30,000
1957
1962

United Arab Republic v Sudan was the decisive match of group stage at the 1959 African Cup of Nations. The match was played at the Al Ahly Stadium in Cairo on 29 May 1959. Unlike other Cup of Nations, the 1959 winner was determined by a final group stage, with the final three teams playing in round-robin format, instead of a knockout stage.

Each team had defeated Ethiopia but the goal difference was in favor of United Arab Republic, who had beaten Ethiopia 4-0 while Sudan had won 1-0.

Therefore, Sudan needed to win the last match to claim the title of African Cup of Nations; any other result would have the United Arab Republic retain the title they had won (as Egypt) in 1957.

United Arab Republic beat Sudan 2−1, therefore keeping first place in the group and winning their second consecutive title.[1][2]

Background

Positions before the final round
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Republic 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 2
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

The road to the title in the 1959 African Cup of Nations was unique, with a round-robin group instead of a knockout stage. The three competition teams were United Arab Republic (host country), Sudan and Ethiopia.

United Arab Republic and Sudan won their matches against Ethiopia, UAR by 4–0 to go to top of the group, ahead of Sudan who won by 1–0.[3][4]

Match

Match details

United Arab Republic  2–1  Sudan
Baheeg Goal 12'89' Report Manzul Goal 65'
Attendance: 30,000
United Arab Republic
Sudan
GK ' Adel Hekal
DF ' Tarek Selim
DF ' Yaken Hussein
DF ' Rifaat El-Fanagily
DF ' Taha Ismail
MF ' Mimi El-Sherbini
MF ' Mahmoud El-Gohary
MF ' Sherif El-Far
MF ' Saleh Selim
FW ' Essam Baheeg
FW ' Alaa El-Hamouly
Manager:
Hungary Pál Titkos
GK ' Samir Mohammed Ali
' Ahmed Mutawakil Mohammed El-Bashir
' Hassan Mohammed Al-Abd
' Ibrahim Mohammed Ali 'Ibrahim Kabir'
' Abbas Al-Hedi Syam
' Suleiman Difalla Al-Mahina
' Mahmoud Abd Zoubeir
' Boraî Bashir
' Mutalib Abdel-Nasser 'Drissa'
' Siddiq Manzul
' Abdullah Wahaga
Manager:
Czechoslovakia Josef Hada

Aftermath

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Final positions
 United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4
 Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

References

  1. ^ "Football - Match CAF Nations Cup : Egypt vs. Sudan". Footballdatabase.eu. 1959-05-29. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 
  2. ^ "African Nations Cup 1959". Rsssf.com. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 
  3. ^ http://www.koorasudan.net/vb/showthread.php?t=77400
  4. ^ "نهائي كاس إفريقيا 1959 السودان مصر". YouTube. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2016-08-15. 
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