The Africa Cup of Nations, or African Nations Cup,
is the main international association football competition in Africa.
Run by the Confederation of African Football
(CAF) the tournament was first staged in 1957 and has been held every two years since
1968; moving to odd years in 2013.
African Nations Cup - Winners Table
Egypt: 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010.
Cameroon: 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002.
Ghana: 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982.
DR Congo: 1968, 1974.
Nigeria: 1980, 1994.
Côte d'Ivoire: 1992.
South Africa: 1996.
Egypt beat Sudan in the semi-final while South Africa were
disqualified because of apartheid and Ethiopia received a bye.
Egypt then beat Ethiopia in the final (4:0).
The final tournament was a three country affair between Egypt,
Ethiopia and Sudan; with Egypt beating Ethiopia (4:0) and Sudan (2:1).
1962 (Winner: Ethiopia)
Egypt qualified as holders and Ethiopia qualified as hosts, with
Tunisia and Uganda losing in the semi-finals.
In the final, Ethiopia beatEgypt (4:2 aet).
In Ghana, we had two groups of three teams: Ethiopia, Ghana and
Tunisia played in Accra; while Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan played in Kumasi.
Ghana beat Sudan in the final (3:0).
1965 (Winner: Ghana)
Again two groups of three: Ethiopia, Senegal and Tunisia (winning on
the toss of a coin) played in Tunis; while Congo-Léopoldville, Ghana and Ivory Coast
played in Sousse, Sfax and Bizerte.
In the final, Ghana beat Tunisia (3:2 aet).
1968 (Winner: Congo-Kinshasa)
The tournament returned to Ethiopia for a second time and increased to
two groups of four teams: Algeria, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Uganda played in Addis-Ababa;
while Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Ghana and Senegal played in Asmara.
The top two teams advanced to the semi-finals; then Congo-Kinshasa beat
Ghana in the final (1:0).
Again two groups of four teams: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and
Sudan played in Khartoum; while Congo-Kinshasa, Egypt, Ghana and Guinea played in Wad
Sudan beat Ghana in the final (1:0).
1972 (Winner: Congo)
Two groups of four teams: Cameroon, Kenya, Mali and Togo played in
Yaoundé; while Congo (qualified by drawing of lots), Morocco, Sudan and Zaire played in
In the final, Congo beat Mali (3:2).
Egypt staged the tournament for a second time but home advantage
didn't help them in the semi-final.
Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia played in
Cairo and Mehalla Al-Qubra; while Congo, Guinea, Mauritius and Zaire played in Alexandria
Zaire and Zambia drew the final (2:2 aet) but in the replay, two days
later, Zaire beat Zambia (2:0).
1976 (Winner: Morocco)
The tournament was held in Ethiopia for a third time but the hosts
went out at the group stage.
Two groups of four: Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea and Uganda played in
Addis-Ababa; while Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Zaire played in Diredawa.
The top two teams from each group entered a final group phase, with
Morocco beating Nigeria and Egypt before drawing with Guinea to top the table.
The final-phase round robin was dropped, for the semi-final knockout
format previously used.
Two groups of four: Ghana, Nigeria, Upper Volta and Zambia played in
Accra; while Congo, Morocco, Uganda and Tunisia played in Kumasi.
In the final, Ghana beat Uganda (2:0).
1980 (Winner: Nigeria)
Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Tanzania played in
Lagos, while Algeria, Ghana, Guinea and Morocco played in Ibadan.
In the final, Nigeria beat Algeria (3:0).
Two groups of four: Libya, Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia played in
Tripoli; while Algeria, Zambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia played in Benghazi.
In the final, Ghana beat Libya on penalties (1:1 aet, 7-6 pens).
Coast 1984 (Winner: Cameroon)
Two groups of four: Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Togo played in
Abidjan; while Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana and Malawi played in Bouaké.
In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria (3:1).
Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mozambique played
in Cairo; while Cameroon, Morocco, Algeria and Zambia played in Alexandria.
In the final, Egypt drew with Cameroon (0:0 aet) but won on penalties
1988 (Winner: Cameroon)
Morocco replaced original hosts Zambia and again it was two groups of
four: Algeria (qualified by drawing lots), Ivory Coast, Morocco and Zaire played in
Casablanca; while Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria played in Rabat.
In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria (1:0).
1990 (Winner: Algeria)
Two groups of four: Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Nigeria played in
Algiers; while Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal and Zambia played in Annaba.
In the final, Algeria beat Nigeria (1:0).
1992 (Winner: Ivory Coast)
In Senegal, twelve teams now took part in the Africa Nations Cup and
the format changed to four groups of three teams to accommodate them; with the top two
from each group going on to the quarter-finals.
Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal; Cameroon, Morocco and Zaire; Algeria,
Congo and Ivory Coast; Egypt, Ghana and Zambia.
In the final, Ivory Coast drew with Ghana (0:0 aet) but won after a
lengthy penalty shoot-out (11:10).
1994 (Winner: Nigeria)
Tunisia replaced original hosts Zaire and the format remained four
groups of three: Mali, Tunisia and Zaire; Egypt, Gabon and Nigeria; Ivory Coast, Sierra
Leone and Zambia; Ghana, Guinea and Senegal.
In the final, Nigeria beat Zambia (2:1).
Africa 1996 (Winner: South Africa)
South Africa replaced Kenya as hosts. The format would have been four
groups of four but Nigeria withdrew, so Group C only had three teams: Angola, Cameroon, ,
Egypt and South Africa; Algeria, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Zambia; Gabon, Liberia and
Zaire; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tunisia.
In the final, South Africa beat Tunisia (2:0).
Faso 1998 (Winner: Egypt)
Four groups of four: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Guinea;
Congo-Kinshasa, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia; Angola, Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa;
Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique and Zambia.
In the final, Egypt beat South Africa (2:0).
The hosting right was taken away from Zimbabwe, with Ghana and Nigeria
then selected as hosts.
Four groups of four: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo; Algeria,
Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon and South Africa; Burkina Faso, Egypt, Senegal and Zambia;
Congo-Brazzaville, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.
In the final, Cameroon drew with Nigeria (2:2 aet) before winning on
Four groups of four: Algeria, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria; Burkina Faso,
Ghana, Morocco and South Africa; Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Ivory Coast and Togo; Egypt,
Senegal, Tunisia and Zambia.
In the final, Cameroon drew with Senegal (0:0 aet) then beat them on
2004 (Winner: Tunisia)
Four groups of four: Congo-Kinshasa, Guinea, Rwanda and Tunisia;
Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali and Senegal; Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Zimbabwe; Benin,
Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.
In the final, Tunisia beat Morocco (2:1).
Four groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya and Morocco; Angola,
Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa and Togo; Guinea, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia; Ghana,
Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
In the final, Egypt drew with Ivory Coast (0:0 aet) then won on
16 teams, in four groups of four, contested the final rounds of the
competition in Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale: Ghana, Guinea, Morocco and Namibia;
Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Nigeria; Cameroon, Egypt, Sudan and Zambia; Angola,
Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.
In the Accra final, Egypt beat Cameroon (1:0).
2010 (Winner: Egypt)
The tournament got off to the worse possible start when the Togo team
bus was shot at on entering Angola and the national team withdrew from the tournament.
Algeria, Angola, Malawi and Mali; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and
Togo (withdrew); Benin, Egypt, Mozambique and Nigeria; Cameroon, Gabon, Tunisia and
In the final, Egypt beat Ghana (1:0).
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012
Bata and Malabo (Equatorial Guinea); Franceville and Libreville
The opening match, one semi-final and the third place match will be
held in Equatorial Guinea while the other semi-final and the final will be held in Gabon.
2012 African Cup of Nations Qualifying
Mali, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde
Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Madagascar.
Zambia, Libya, Mozambique, Comoros Islands.
Morocco, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Algeria.
Senegal - Cameroon, DR Congo, Mauritius.
Burkina Faso, Gambia, Namibia. Mauritania withdrew.
Niger, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Egypt.
Ivory Coast, Burundi, Benin, Rwanda.
Ghana, Sudan, Congo, Swaziland.
Uganda, Angola, Kenya, Guinea-Bissau.
Botswana, Malawi, Tunisia, Togo, Chad.
The 11 group winners qualify for the 2012 finals, to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon who qualify automatically, along with three
best second placed finishers.
Libya will host the tournament for the second time, as the Africa Cup
of Nations changes to odd years in 2013.
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