The History of AFCON(Africa Cup Of Nations)
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.
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.