Pharoahs in superb win

ACCRA - Egypt have changed hotels three times in their search for suitable accommodation since arriving in Ghana, but the Pharoahs appeared fully at home on Tuesday as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations title defence in style.

ACCRA - Egypt have changed hotels three times in their search for suitable accommodation since arriving in Ghana, but the Pharoahs appeared fully at home on Tuesday as they opened their Africa Cup of Nations title defence in style.

The defending champions made light of the loss of several key players, including suspended skipper Ahmed Hassan, to dish out a resounding 4-2 win against Cameroon.

Tuesday's second Group C fixture saw Zambia, in their first finals since 1994, belying their minnow status with a 3-0 success over the Nile Crocodiles from Sudan.

James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga and Felix Katongo punished poor defending to earn Zambia their well deserved win, which remarkably lifted them ahead of Egypt to the top of the group on goal difference. Not bad for a team that had lost its kit in transit to Ghana last week. - Sapa-AFP

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