Egypt missed out on qualification for the 2010 World Cup after losing the decisive play-off against Algeria in November, but the Pharaohs still started the African Nations Cup as one of the big favourites.
Egypt lived up to the expectations and recorded their third consecutive win by beating Ghana 1-0 in the final on Sunday, much to the delight of attacker Mohamed Zidan.
"We are very excited by this victory. It’s very moving for us. We knew that the final was important for us as we wanted to set another record. We are all hungry to achieve more," said Zidan to FIFA.com.
"And the good thing is, I believe we can be better. We have now won this competition three times in a row and anyone who wants to equal our record will have to work very hard.
"We came to this tournament determined to play good football and obviously defend this trophy, and we have done that. It was not easy because there were many good sides in this competition.
"If you look at some of the teams, they have good players and those teams play good football. But we knew what we wanted to achieve and we decided that we were not going to concentrate on them. We played good football, and we won all our matches. I think it was only fair that we won the trophy at the end of the day."