(CNN) -- Egypt have won the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive time -- and a record seventh in total -- with a narrow 1-0 win over Ghana in the final in Luanda on Sunday.
The Pharaohs, who are now unbeaten in 19 matches spanning four tournaments, secured their victory with a goal five minutes from time in a hard-fought encounter.
The winner came courtesy of top scorer Mohamed Gedo, who came off the substitutes' bench to play a neat one-two with Mohamed Zidan before firing the ball past goalkeeper Richard Kingson for his fifth goal of the competition.
Ghana had only scored four goals in their run to the final, three of them coming from Asamoah Gyan, and they rarely looked like troubling the score-sheet in a tense showdown.
Andre Ayew dragged a shot wide from a good position while Asamoah's strike from outside the area was well saved by goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.
Egyot's best chance of the first half came when Hosny Abd Rabo's searching free-kick from the right caused problems in the Ghanaian area, but both Ahmed Hassan and Emad Moteab missed the headed chance.
There was little change after the interval. Gyan's 25-yard free-kick flew inches over, while Ayew fired wide from the edge of the box.
Meanwhile, Egypt were also struggling in front of goal with Moteab quickly closed down by Kingson when he broke clear.
Geto was introduced with 20 minutes remaining and he proved the difference between the sides with his calm finish from Zidan's pass.
Ghana tried to recover but Asamoah and Eric Addo wasted good chances for the west Africans -- who could not find a way through the solid Egyptian defence.
"We said we were the champions from the first day we arrived in Angola, and we would defend our title," Egypt assistant coach Shawky Garib told reporters.
"We have won three titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but this was the most difficult of all of them," he added.