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Egypt Beat Nigeria 3-1 In Africa Cup Of Nations Soccer

PTI 13 Jan 2010, 15:53:46 IST

Champions Egypt kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations' title defence in scintillating style to restore some measure of sanity to proceedings in Angola after a spate of shocks on the opening two days.

Hustled out of a World Cup berth by bitter rivals Algeria in November's play-off the Pharaohs arrived here with motivation aplenty.

And they hit the ground running with a 3-1 defeat of Nigeria to top Group C ahead of Mozambique and Benin, who shared the spoils 2-2 in the day's other game.

After Angola's sensational collapse to Mali, Malawi's whipping of Algeria, and favourites Ivory Coast being held by Burkina Faso, Egypt took to the pitch at their peril.

Wednesday's action sees Group D get up and running in Lubango, with Cameroon facing Gabon and Tunisia, champions in 2004 on home turf, up against Zambia.