The History of AFCON(Africa Cup Of Nations)

The History of AFCON(Africa Cup Of Nations)

INTRODUCTION

The 33rd AFCON games will hold in Cameroon this year, but speculations are on as at when the games will hold, due to coronavirus pandemic.

As the game is approaching, Sportyleagues will take a look at the history of AFCON, and how it came into existence.

Every two years AFCON brings 24 teams from different countries together to participate in the game. It is a way of uniting countries from West Africa, South Africa, East Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa together through the spirit of football.

 

HISTORY OF AFCON

AFCON games, also known as Total Africa Cup Of Nations, started since 1957, and it is chaired by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It started majorly as Men’s International football, where teams from different countries come together after booking their space through qualifier matches.

When the game started in 1957, there were just three countries that participated in the games, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

South Africa was expected to be part of the teams that contested that year, but due to the apartheid regime,   it failed to approve a multi-racial team, and they were left out of the tournament.

The Tournament became popular and drew the interest of many countries. In 1998, the number of teams that participated has increased to sixteen (16) teams.

Sarcastically South Africa who was disqualified to participate in the maiden edition of the games in 1956, became the host 36 years later and won the cup for the first time in their home soil.

Nigeria was supposed to participate in 1996, but withdrew, due to security reasons. The game expanded from 16 teams to 24 and was moved from January to June.

 

The History of AFCON(Africa Cup Of Nations)

Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup’s history, winning the tournament a record of seven times. The current holder of the award is Algeria, they won the 32nd edition after beating Senegal to be crowned the Africa cup of Nations winner for the second time in the history of the country’s football.

SPORTYLEAGUES.COM takes a look at the host from inception to past and current winners of the tournament.

COUNTRIES THAT HAVE WON THE AFRICA NATION CUP

1957 - Egypt
1959 - United Arab Republic 
1962 - Ethiopia
1963 - Ghana
1965 - Ghana 
1968 - DR Congo (Zaire)
1970 - Sudan
1972 - Congo
1974 - DR Congo
1976 - Morocco
1978 - Ghana 
1980 - Nigeria
1982 - Ghana 
1984 - Cameroon
1986 - Egypt
1988 - Cameroon
1990 - Algeria
1992 - Ivory Coast
1994 - Nigeria
1996 - South Africa
1998 - Egypt
2000 - Cameroon
2002 - Cameroon
2004 - Tunisia
2006 - Egypt
2008 - Egypt
2010 - Egypt
2012 - Zambia
2013 - Nigeria
2015 - Ivory Coast
2017 - Cameroon
2019-  Algeria

 

COUNTRIES THAT HAVE HOSTED THE NATIONS CUP

1957 - Sudan
1959 - United Arab Republic
1962 - Ethiopia 
1963 - Ghana 
1965 - Tunisia
1968 - Ethiopia
1970 - Sudan
1972 - Cameroon
1974 - Egypt
1976 - Ethiopia 
1978 - Ghana 
1980 - Nigeria
1982 - Libya
1984 - Ivory Coast
1986 - Egypt
1988 - Morocco
1990 - Algeria
1992 - Senegal
1994 - Tunisia
1996 - South Africa
1998 - Burkina Faso
2000 -  Ghana and Nigeria
2002 - Mali
2004 - Tunisia
2006 - Egypt 
2008 - Ghana 
2010 - Angola
2012 - Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
2013 - South Africa
2015 - Equatorial Guinea
2017 - Gabon
2019- Egypt

The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup Of Nations will start soon as the qualifiers are underway. and Cameroon will be hosting 24 Nations come June 2021.


                
                
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