The good news continues for the Egyptians, who shattered a record by winning the African Cup of Nations (CAN) for the seventh time in their history on January 31st. FIFA has decided to place Egypt among the top teams in the world, slotting them at number 10 behind world beaters such as Spain, Brazil, and Italy. Egypt soared 14 places to reach new heights, trailing powerhouse England, which is in ninth place.
The Egyptians hoisted the magical cup after beating Ghana's Black Stars 1-0. Ghana started the match fairly comfortably, threatening Egypt's net a few times in the first half. Thanks to a strong defence and the amazing keeper Essam El Hadary, the Pharaohs kept the net clean. Egypt came back with more rhythm in the second half, playing faster and creating dangerous attempts, but the Black Stars were always there to bar the way. Just as the match appeared headed for extra time, newborn Egyptian star Mohamed "Gedo" Nagy snagged a superb pass from Mohamed Zidan. Gedo fired the ball past Ghana's keeper to give Egypt the win.
In other sports, the 14th Asian Men's Handball Championship 2010 is taking place in Beirut from February 6th-19th. Fourteen teams are battling for the three medals. Kuwait was originally scheduled to compete, but after they received a ban on competition abroad from the International Handball Federation, the Asian Federation had to revise the draw. The 14 teams are divided into four groups, each with three teams. Group A is comprised of Saudi Arabia, Syria and China. Group B includes Iraq, Bahrain and Japan. Group D contains South Korea, UAE and Qatar, and Group E includes Iran, Jordan and Lebanon. The three medalists will be guaranteed direct qualification for the World Championship in Sweden in 2011.
In Kuwaiti volleyball, Qadsia, last season's champs, defended their title on February 1st. Qadsia took on strong side Salibikhaet and won 3-0. In other results the same day, Yarmouk lost to Sahel 3-0, and Kazma defeated Fehaheel 3-0. The next day, Kuwait SC beat Jahar 3-0, and Salmiyah lost to Arabi 3-0. On February 4th, Yarmouk defeated Fahaheel 3-0, and Kazma came out ahead of Salibikhaet, 3-1. Qadsia kept the momentum going and won the hardest match in the league so far, taking out Sahel 3-2.
On Kuwait basketball's courts, Qadsia defeated Shabab 81-62, to notch up a total of 24 points on January 31st. This leaves them one point away from both Kazma and Shabab, who share the top slot with 25 points each.