Which countries are the Africa Cup Of Nations winners since its inception in 1957? Which countries have won the AFCON? Which country has won the African Cup of Nations the most? Which African country has won the Afcon more? How many times did Nigeria win the African Cup of Nations? Who won the African Cup of Nations 2022? Which country will host the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations? Who won the African Cup of Nations in 1994? How many times has the Super Eagles won the African Cup? How many African Cups has Nigeria won? How many times have Ghana won the African Nations Cup? When did Nigeria last win the African Cup of Nations? Has Mo Salah won the African Cup of Nations? Who won the last Nations Cup? Which country won silver at the last African Nations Cup? Who won the 3rd African Cup of Nations?
AFCON Cup History
Coupe d’Afrique des Nations (CAN), which is also referred to as the African Cup of Nations or AFCON, is the main international competition in the continent and is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The origin of the competition dates back to June 1956, and, by February 1957, the first African Cup of Nations was held in Khartoum in Sudan.
There was no qualification then as the AFCON was made up of the four founding nations of CAF – Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Africa.
AFCON’s format has changed several times with the number of teams increasing to 16 in 1996.
The increased participation led to the introduction of qualifying rounds in 1968, and it was in that same year that AFCON became a biennial tournament.
Egypt defeated the host nation (Sudan) in the first AFCON final in February 1957 to win the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy, named after its donor, the Egyptian first CAF president.
That trophy was permanently awarded to Ghana in 1978 when they became the first country to win the tournament three times.
The next trophy, known as the African Unity Cup, was awarded permanently to Cameroon in 2000 when their national team claimed its third championship since 1978.
In 2002, a new trophy called the Cup of Nations was introduced.
Professionalism was allowed in 1980 and corporate sponsorships were accepted in 1984.
In May 2010, it was announced that the tournament would be moved to odd-numbered years from 2013 in order to prevent the tournament from taking place in the same year as the World Cup.
The 2013 tournament was won by the Super Eagles of Nigeria, led by Stephen Keshi, beating first-time finalists Burkina Faso.
The 2021 AFCON, hosted by Cameroon, was postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CAF increased the Africa Cup of Nations cash prize for the winner from $4.5 million to $5 million for the 2021 tournament while the second-best team went home with $2.75 million.
Senegal won the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after beating Egypt on penalties in the final.
How many countries have won the African Cup of Nations?
So far, 15 countries have won the AFCON title in the history of the tournament.
Egypt has won the title seven times in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, and 2010, while Cameroon have been five times winner in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, and 2017.
Ghana has 4 AFON titles so far in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982 whereas Nigeria has won the African Cup of Nations three times in the past (1980, 1994, 2013).
Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo have each won the title twice (1990, 2019), (1992, 2015) and (1968, 1974) respectively.
The following countries are also Africa Cup Of Nations winners and have won the title once each: Congo (1972), Ethiopia (1962), Morocco (1976), Senegal (2021), South Africa (1996), Sudan (1970), Tunisia (2004) and Zambia in 2012.
Teams that have won the Africa Cup of Nations consecutively
A total of three countries have won the AFCON consecutively and they are Egypt, Ghana and Cameroon.
Egypt was a two-time champion (two consecutive titles) in 1957 and 1959 and a three-time champion (three consecutive titles) in 2006, 2008, and 2010.
Ghana was a two-time champion (two consecutive titles) in 1963, and 1965 while Cameroon was also a two-time Africa Cup Of Nations winner (two consecutive titles) in 2000 and 2002.
Coaches Who Have Won AFCON Title
Coaches who have won most titles include Charles Gyamfi who won it thrice as manager of Ghana in 1963, 1965 and 1982; and Hassan Shehata who also won it three times as manager of Egypt in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Only one manager has won the AFCON title consecutively and that is Hassan Shehata when he coached Egypt in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
And two Coaches have retained the title: Hassan Shehata twice as manager of Egypt in 2008 and 2010 and Charles Gyamfi once as manager of Ghana in 1965.
Only one Coach has won the titles with multiple teams and that is France Hervé Renard when he was manager of Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015.
Two coaches have won the AFCON title as both a player and a coach and they are Mahmoud El-Gohary in 1959 as a player and in 1998 as a manager, (both with Egypt), and Stephen Keshi in 1994 as a player and in 2013 as a manager, (both with Nigeria).
List Of AFCON Winners Since 1957
This list of Africa Cup Of Nations winners contains the host nation, the scorelines for each final game as well as the names of the winning coach.
Sudan 1957: Egypt 4–0 Ethiopia (Coach Mourad Fahmy)
United Arab Republic 1959: United Arab Republic 2–1 Sudan (Coach Pál Titkos)
Ethiopia 1962: Ethiopia 4–2 Egypt (Coach Ydnekatchew Tessema)
Ghana 1963: Ghana 3–0 Sudan (Coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi)
Tunisia 1965: Ghana 3–2 Tunisia (Coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi)
Ethiopia 1968: Congo DR 1–0 Ghana (Coach Ferenc Csanádi)
Sudan 1970: Sudan 3–2 Ghana (Coach Abdel Fattah Hamad Abu Zeid)
Cameroon 1972: Congo 3–2 Mali (Coach Adolphe Bibandzoulou)
Egypt 1974: Zaire 2–0 Zambia (after a replay. the First game ended 2-2) (Coach Blagoje Vidinic)
Ethiopia 1976: Morocco 1–1 Guinea (Coach Virgil Mărdărescu)
Ghana 1978: Ghana 2–0 Uganda (Coach Fred Osam Duodu)
Nigeria 1980: Nigeria 3–0 Algeria (Coach Otto Glória)
Libya 1982: Ghana 1–1 Libya (7–6) on penalties (Coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi)
Ivory Coast 1984: Cameroon 3 – 1 Nigeria (Coach Radivoje Ognjanović)
Egypt 1986: Egypt 0–0 Cameroon (5–4) on penalties (Coach Mike Smith)
Morocco 1988: Cameroon 1–0 Nigeria (Coach Claude Le Roy)
Algeria 1990: Algeria 1–0 Nigeria (Coach Abdelhamid Kermali)
Senegal 1992: Côte d’Ivoire 0–0 Ghana (11–10) on penalties (Coach Yéo Martial)
Tunisia 1994: Nigeria 2–1 Zambia (Coach Clemens Westerhof)
South Africa 1996: South Africa 2–0 Tunisia (Coach Clive Barker)
Burkina Faso 1998: Egypt 2–0 South Africa (Coach Mahmoud El Gohary)
Ghana/Nigeria 2000: Cameroon 2–2 Nigeria (4–3) on penalties (Coach Pierre Lechantre)
Mali 2002: Cameroon 0–0 Senegal (3-2) on penalties (Coach Winfried Schäfer)
Tunisia 2004: Tunisia 2–1 Morocco (Coach Roger Lemerre)
Egypt 2006: Egypt 0–0 Ivory Coast (4–2) on penalties (Coach Hassan Shehata)
Ghana 2008: Egypt 1–0 Cameroon (Coach Hassan Shehata)
Angola 2010: Egypt 1–0 Ghana (Coach Hassan Shehata)
Gabon/Equatorial Guinea 2012: Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast (8-7) on penalties (Coach Hervé Renard)
South Africa 2013: Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso (Coach Stephen Keshi)
Equatorial Guinea 2015: Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (9-8 on penalties) (Coach Hervé Renard)
Gabon 2017: Cameroon 2-1 Egypt (Coach Hugo Broos)
Egypt 2019: Algeria 1-0 Senegal (Coach Djamel Belmadi)
Cameroon 2021: Senegal 0-0 (4-2 pens) Egypt (Coach Aliou Cissé)
Those are all the Africa Cup Of Nations winners so far but I need to make some clarifications:
There was no official Africa Cup of Nations final match in 1959. It was decided instead by a final round-robin group contested by three teams (United Arab Republic, Sudan, and Ethiopia). United Arab Republic’s 2–1 victory over Sudan is the de facto final of the 1959 Africa Cup of Nations.
In 1976 as well, there was no official AFCON final match, instead, the winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Morocco, Guinea, Nigeria, and Egypt). Morocco’s 1–1 draw with Guinea made Morocco the winner thus often considered the de facto final of the 1976 AFCON. Likewise, Nigeria’s 3–2 victory over Egypt can be considered equal to a 3rd place match.
The United Arab Republic (UAR) you saw as the host and winner in 1959 is actually Egypt. It was a sovereign state in the Middle East from 1958 until 1971. It was initially a political union between Egypt (including the occupied Gaza Strip) and Syria from 1958 until Syria seceded from the union after the 1961 Syrian coup d’état. Egypt continued to be known officially as the United Arab Republic until 1971.