Which countries have won the Africa Cup of Nations

Mon 03 January 2022 | 17:30

Throughout the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, a total of fourteen countries has managed to win the competition. In this article, we will talk about the African Cup of Nations winners.

In the world of football, there is hardly anything purer than the African Cup of Nations. Disliked by the big European clubs who, because of it, lose their stars for over a month at the peak of the season, the event par excellence on the African continent is, in reality, a throwback to the origins of football. In this article, we want to take a look at the history of this competition and see which countries have won the

Africa Cup of Nations

so far.

The Africa Cup of Nations is for national teams that are members of the CAF (Confederation of African Football) and is normally played every two years, although there has been no shortage of exceptions, as one would expect from a tournament that is governed by rules. With the passing of the years and decades, the African Cup of Nations has gained a worldwide following. Nowadays there is no better showcase for those African players looking for a big contract at some top club...

As there are just a few days remaining to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations 2022, it is a good time to take a look back at the history books of the competition to see which countries have managed to win it.

Which countries have won the Africa Cup of Nations?

But before going into the list of African Cup of Nations winners, as this tournament has a long history behind it and in fact, its first edition was held in Sudan in 1957, which confirms the longevity of the event, we will take a look at the history of this tournament first, stay tuned.

Africa Cup of Nations History

In the year 1957 the four founding national teams of CAF, namely Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa, all decided to schedule their own football tournaments. And so the African Cup of Nations was born. Its first edition in 1957 was not a great success. Unfortunately, South Africa was disqualified and only two matches were played, and Egypt was crowned champion. It seemed a project doomed to failure, but instead, in 1962, at the third edition, there were nine national teams participating.

During the 1960s, the appeal of the event grew even more, also because of the first African stars, such as Laurent Pokou, the Ivory Coast forward who was able to score 14 goals in two editions (1968 and 1970).

The best thing about this competition is that it is never a foregone conclusion. Its outcome is always unpredictable. For example, between 1970 and 1980, six countries won the trophy, six different countries, a record in its own right.

Zaire was one of the surprise winners, winning the 1974 edition. That same year it also had the honour of being the first sub-Saharan African national team to compete in a World Cup final. This important achievement makes the African Cup of Nations a tournament to be followed with increasing attention. In terms of playing level, the improvements are also evident.

Over the next decade, Cameroon and Ghana proved to be rapidly evolving national teams who were also able to develop players of European interest. Madjer, Roger Milla and Abedi Pele were several 'African Cup of Nations' players who were also making their mark in Europe. The African football had been cleared through customs.

The 1990s were a repetition of the previous decade. An increasing number of African players flocked to European leagues and a growing number of clubs drew from the Black Continent by watching various raw talents during African Cup of Nations matches.

In recent times, the name of the African Cup of Nations has been held high by the likes of Eto'o and Egypt has collected many trophies (three consecutive victories in 2006, 2008 and 2010). The CAF also made an important decision in 2010, which was to hold the event in odd-numbered rather than even-numbered years so as not to "tire out" the African national teams involved in the World Cup.

Now that we know a little more about this exciting tournament’s history, in the following, we will talk about the

African Cup of Nations winners

. Stay tuned.

Egypt: 7 titles, 3 times runner-ups


is the first nation in the list of countries that have won the Africa Cup of Nations more than any other team in the history of the competition. In fact, the Pharaohs was able to win the Africa Cup of Nation on no less than seven occasions, and also finish as runner-ups three times. The Egyptian national team has also been third-placed on three occasions.

The Egypt national team has a rich history in the African Cup of Nations, is the historic champion of the tournament and is on the verge of a great opportunity to reach a new number among the African teams. To start with, we should know that the Pharaohs team is among the first teams to have participated in the African Cup of Nations since its first edition in 1957, which was hosted by Sudan and accompanied by Ethiopia with only three teams.

In 1956, on 8 June to be precise, the Egyptian Abdel Aziz Salem, the first President of the Confederation of African Football, together with Mohamed Latif and Youssef Mohamed, joined the Sudanese Abdel Rahim Shaddad, Badawi Mohamed, Abdel Halim Mohamed and the South African William Vale, to meet at the Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.

The meeting was on the sidelines of the FIFA Congress to launch a tournament, based on the idea of competition between all the countries of the continent to decide the champion that would sit on the throne of the black continent, and in fact, the efforts of the pioneers were successful when the first African Cup of Nations was announced to begin on 10 February 1957 in Khartoum Stadium.

Egypt has made it to the final of the African Cup of Nations in 9 different versions throughout the history of the tournament, in which they won the title 7 times, the figure that put the Pharaohs team at the top of the African teams, with two titles ahead of Cameroon, the closest competitor with 5 titles.

As noted earlier, the Egyptian national team was one of the first teams at the tournament in 1957 and was able to win their first historic title then, only to end their journey in the following edition in 1959 retaining the title to become the most victorious team, however, they failed to win the tournament for 27 years.

Ghana managed to win 4 titles to be at the top of the continent's champions before Egypt returned again to win their third title in 1986, followed by their fourth title in 1998 and then scored the historic victory in three consecutive editions of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to regain the trophy again to elect the Pharaohs team as the most victorious team in the championship and return to the throne of the continent after 37 years.

The Egyptian team could have added two more titles in the 1962 and 2017 editions but was stripped of the trophy after being defeated on the first occasion by the Ethiopian team with a score of 4-2 at extra time. By doing so, Ethiopia won its first title in the competition.

In the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptian national team made it to the final of the tournament only to lose to the Cameroon national team. While they started the match with a goal from Elneny in the 22nd  minute, Nkoulou managed to equalize the match in the 59th minute, before Aboubakar scored the winner in the 88th minute to win Cameroon their fifth title in the Africa Cup of Nations.

In the

Africa Cup of Nations 2022

, many pundits consider Egypt to be one of the favourites to win the competition. Stay tuned to get to know more of the Africa Cup of Nations winners.

Cameroon: 5 titles, 2 times runner-ups


is historically considered one of the strongest national teams in the African Football Association (CAF). They have won the African Cup of Nations five times in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017, and have finished second twice in 1986 and 2008, third in 1972 and fourth in 1992.

The first African Cup of Nations victory for Cameroon came in 1984. They started the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Egypt, then went on to win against Togo 4-1 (2 Abega, Djonkep, Aoudou) and against Ivory Coast 2-0 (Djonkep, Milla).

In the semifinal against Algeria, the score remained 0-0 until the penalty shoot-out, where the indomitable lions won 5-4 and secured the first final in their history against Nigeria. Following Nigeria's early lead through Muda Lawal, the lions stormed ahead and scored goals through Ndjeya, Abega and Ebongué to make it 3-1. In doing so, Cameroon became African champions for the first time.

The defending champions won their group in 1986 with two identical 3-2 victories over Zambia (2 Mfédé, Milla) and Algeria (2 Kana-Biyik, Milla), and a 1-1 draw against Morocco (Milla). They went on to beat Ivory Coast 1-0 in the semi-finals thanks to Milla's fourth goal in four matches. They reached their second consecutive final. Facing them was Egypt. Following a 0-0 draw in extra time, it was down to penalties, with the Egyptians winning 5-4.

Cameroon, which was determined to become champions again in 1988, topped the group with a 1-0 win over Egypt (Milla's goal) and two draws, 1-1 with Nigeria (Milla) and 0-0 with Kenya. In the semifinal, the indomitable lions beat Morocco 1-0 with Makanaky's goal to advance to their third consecutive African Cup of Nations final.

In a rematch of the final four years earlier (Cameroon-Nigeria), the indomitable lions triumphed once again. The final score this time was 1-0 with Emmanuel Kundé scoring the decisive goal. It marked Cameroon's second victory in its history and Milla only needed two goals to be crowned top scorer, like two years earlier, along with three other players.

In 2000, the Africa Cup of Nations was played in Ghana and Nigeria. Cameroon started with a 1-1 draw with Ghana (Foé), then there was a 3-0 victory over Ivory Coast with goals from the rocky defender Kalla and the attacking pair of 30-year-old Mboma and 18-year-old Eto'o. The lions were beaten 1-0 by Togo in the third game.

Cameroon was first for the difference in goals, in the quarter-finals the lions crushed Algeria 3-0 with a goal by Eto'o, and two goals by the lighthouse of the midfield, Marc-Vivien Foé, who had previously scored against Ghana; another victory came in the semifinals against Tunisia, the third 3-0 of the tournament, with two goals by Mboma and Eto'o; in the final in Lagos, Nigeria was the favourite, playing at home.

The lions were two goals ahead thanks to the goals of the Eto'o-Mboma duo, but the super-eagles managed to draw 2-2, and the final went to penalties, ending 4-3 for Cameroon, which thus became African Champions for the third time in their history, the decisive penalty was scored by Song. Mboma and the young Eto'o scored 4 goals each and were second top scorers behind the South African Bartlett, author of 5 goals.

The defending continental champions Cameroon went into the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali with original tank tops instead of shirts. Mboma scored a 1-0 win over

DR Congo

in the opener, and the team then beat Ivory Coast with another Mboma goal. In the third group match, the lions beat Togo 3-0 (Mettomo, Eto'o, Olembé) to win their group with full points and no goals conceded.

In the quarter-final, the usual Mboma decided the challenge against Egypt (1-0). The Cameroonians won the semi-finals against Mali, the hosts, 3-0 with two goals from Olembé and Foé. In the final Cameroon faced Senegal, who was soon to be the revelation of the 2002 World Cup. The score was 0-0 after 120 minutes.

For the second consecutive final, Cameroon played for the trophy in the penalty shoot-out, which was once again won by the indomitable lions (3-2). The team coached by Schäfer went on to win their fourth African Cup of Nations, helped by a solid defence (no goals conceded in 6 games) and a prolific attack (9 goals scored, with Mboma and Olembe each scoring 3).

Cameroon played well in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, gaining access to the final stage of the tournament with four wins and two draws and finishing ahead of Mauritania, South Africa and the Gambia in the group. While in Gabon at the final stage, Cameroon became African champions for the fifth time in its history.

They finished second in their group after a draw against Burkina Faso (1-1), a comeback win against Guinea-Bissau (2-1) and a draw against hosts Gabon (0-0). In the quarter-finals, they eliminated Senegal 5-4 after penalty shoot-outs (0-0 after extra time) and in the semi-finals, they eliminated favourite Ghana (2-0). They went on to beat Egypt 2-1 in a comeback in the final, a repeat of the final nine years earlier.

As one of the strongest African teams, many believe Cameroon has what it takes to clinch the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 title.

Ghana: 4 titles, 5 times runner-ups


Ghanaian national team

is one of the most successful national football teams on the African continent. The team has already reached the final of an African Football Championship nine times. The Ghana team won the title four times in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, and was runner-up five times in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010 and 2015.

In addition, they have finished third once (2008) and fourth three times in 1996, 2012 and 2013. Their total of 19 African Championship appearances puts them in third place behind Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire in this regard.

Ghana has been the winner of the Africa Cup of Nations four times. The first was in 1963 when Ghana also hosted the tournament. In the group stage, they played a draw against Tunisia (1-1) and won against Ethiopia (2-0). In the final, on 1 December, they faced Sudan and triumphed 3-0. The goals were scored by Edward Aggrey-Fynn and Edward Acquah.

Two years later, another success was achieved. This time they managed to win all their matches. In the group stage, Ghana beat Ivory Coast (4-1) and Congo-Kinshasa (5-2) and in the final, Ghana was too strong for Tunisia (3-2). Ghana would reach the finals four times in a row, as they also made it to the finals in the following two tournaments.

In 1968, they lost to Congo-Kinshasa 0-1 and in 1970 they were beaten by Sudan 0-1. In 1978 and 1982 Ghana also became the champion of this tournament. The 1978 edition saw Ghana host the tournament and beat Uganda 2-0 in the final by two goals from Opoku Afriyie.

In 1982, penalty kicks were needed after the draw (1-1) against host country Libya. While Ghana has never been champion since they have reached the finals a number of times. They reached the finals in 1992 against Ivory Coast (0-0), in 2010 against Egypt (0-1) and in 2015 against Ivory Coast (0-0). Stay tuned to get to know more of the Africa Cup of Nations winners.

Nigeria: 3 titles, 4 times runner-ups


national football team has won the African Cup of Nations on three occasions in 1980, 1994 and 2013. In their 18 appearances in the tournament, Nigeria has reached the podium a record 15 times, which they share with the Egypt national football team.

The Nigerian team marked the beginning of its international career by winning the 1980 African Cup of Nations. Having beaten Tanzania (3-1) and Egypt (1-0) and drawn with Côte d'Ivoire (0-0), the Green Eagles of Brazilian coach Otto Glória made it to the semi-finals for the third time in a row. This time, they managed to beat Morocco (1-0) and in the final, they defeated Algeria in front of 80,000 spectators at Surelere Stadium in Lagos with a 3-0 victory (goals by Odegbami and Lawal).

In 2014, some of the Algerian players claimed that they were forced to give up the game at the request of their sports minister. A year later, Nigeria faced Algeria in the final of the qualifying rounds at the 1982 World Cup but lost both the first and second legs.

Nigeria's return to success in the African Cup of Nations came in 1994. Having defeated Gabon 3-0 and pulled off a goalless draw with Egypt, Nigeria finished second in their group and progressed to the next stage. They eliminated Zaire in the quarter-finals (2-0 with a double from Yekini) and reigning champions Ivory Coast in the semi-finals (2-2 after extra time, 4-2 after penalty shoot-outs).

In the final, which was played on 10 April 1994 in Tunis, following a hard-fought match against Zambia, Nigeria triumphed 2-1, thanks to a double from Amunike. Yekini, the tournament's top scorer with five goals, was included in the best eleven along with defenders Litana and Iroha and midfielders Okocha and Amokachi.

Nigeria qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in a group with Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. They drew 1-1 against Burkina Faso (Nigeria were denied in the 94th minute by an Alain Traoré goal). The second game against defending champions Zambia finished with the same result, while Ethiopia was beaten on the final day by a double from Moses' penalty kick.

Nigeria ended the group in second place and faced the favourite Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals. Nigeria achieved the feat, winning 2-1. In the semifinals, their opponent was Mali. They dominated and won 4-1. In the final, they faced Burkina Faso, which they had faced in the group stage. Nigeria's Super Eagles won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Mba and celebrated their third African Cup of Nations.

Ivory Coast: 2 titles, 2 times runner-ups

Ivory Coast

national football team has lifted the African Cup of Nations (CAN) on two occasions, in 1992 and 2015, each time defeating Ghana national football team on penalties. As of 2019, they have 23 appearances in the finals of the African Cup of Nations (only Egypt has done better) and have finished on the podium ten times.

Having finished third three times in 1965, 1968 and 1984 and taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations for the eighth time in total, the Ivorian team went on to win the tournament in 1992. In Group C of the first round, they finished top of the table against Algeria and the Republic of Congo.

Following further victories in the quarter-finals against Zambia's selection and the Cameroonian side, the team made it to the final, where they would meet Ghana. The match was tied 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra time, so it had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out in Dakar.

With Ghana's Isaac Asare missing at 4:3, Joël Tiéhi had the opportunity to decide everything, but he also failed. Only when the score was 11:10 and Anthony Baffoe took his second penalty (all the other players had already shot), he missed and made the Ivory Coast the winner.

In July 2014, Hervé Renard, who had been coach of Zambia and African champion in 2012, replaced Sabri Lamouchi as coach of the Elephants. Under Renard's leadership, Côte d'Ivoire qualified for the 30th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The Ivorians were placed first in Group D of the tournament, but started off slowly, drawing their first two matches 1-1 against Guinea and then Mali. Nevertheless, the Ivory Coast recovered by beating Cameroon 1-0 (Gradel's goal) in the last game of the group and advanced to the second phase of the competition.

The Elephants eliminated Algeria - who was considered one of the contenders for the final victory because of their good campaign at the 2014 World Cup - by a score of three goals to one (Bony's double and Gervinho's goal) in the quarter-finals. They defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo team by the same score in the semi-finals.

Finally, the Ivorians faced the Black Stars of Ghana and triumphed in the penalty shoot-out (9-8 on penalties) after a scoreless draw (0-0), just like in the 1992 edition, where Côte d'Ivoire won the penalty shoot-out against the same opponent in the final. Stay tuned to get to know more of the

Africa Cup of Nations winners


Algeria: 2 titles, 1 time runner-ups


is one of the most successful teams in the Africa Cup of Nations history as they have won it on two occasions, in 1990 and 2019. They were also finished as runner-ups in 1980 and third-placed in 1984 and 1988.

Algeria hosted the 1990 African Cup of Nations. They finished first in Group A, after beating Nigeria (5-1, two goals each from Djamel Menad and Rabah Madjer, and Djamel Amani), the Ivory Coast (3-0, goals from Djamel Menad, Tahar Cherif El Ouazzani and Chérif Oudjani) and Egypt (2-0, goals from Amani and Moussa Saïb). In the semi-finals, they defeated Senegal (2-1, goals by Djamel Menad and Djamel Amani) in front of 85,000 people at the Stade du 5-Juillet-1962.

In the final match, in the same stadium in front of 100,000 people against Nigeria, Cherif Oudjani netted the winning goal and helped Algeria to take revenge for the Final lost 10 years earlier against the same opponent and, more importantly, to win the African championship for the first time in its history. The top scorer in the competition was Djamel Menad with four goals.

Algeria went on to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations by winning first place in the group ahead of Benin, Gambia and Togo. Having won the group in Egypt without conceding a goal thanks to victories over Kenya (2-0), Senegal (1-0) and Tanzania (3-0).

Algeria knocked out Guinea (3-0) in the round of 16, the Ivory Coast (4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 extra-time draw) in the quarter-finals as well as Nigeria (2-1) in the semi-finals to make it to the final after 29 years. They reached the final and defeated Senegal 1-0 to win their second continental title in history.

Fresh from their victory at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, Algerians are one of the big favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations 2022.

DR Congo: 2 titles

The Democratic Republic of Congo claimed its first international success at the 1968 African Cup of Nations football tournament held in Ethiopia by defeating Congo Brazzaville 3-0 (goals by Muwawa and a brace by Kabamba), but then lost to Ghana 2-1 despite a goal by Mokili, and beat Senegal 2-1 (goals by Kidumu and Elias Tshimanga). In the semis, they overcame hosts Ethiopia 3-2 (goals by Kidumu and a brace by Mungamuni) and defeated Ghana in the final (1-0, 66th minute goal by Pierre Kalala Mukendi).

Between 1971 and 1997, the team was known as the Zaire football team. Their first match as Zaire was played in Cameroon on 25 February 1972 against Sudan, resulting in a 3-0 Zaire victory. As Zaire, they won the African Cup of Nations in Egypt two years later, beating Guinea 2-1 in the first round (Pierre Ndaye Mulamba scored twice), losing to Congo 2-1 (Mayanga Maku scored twice) and beating Mauritius 4-1 (Mayanga scored twice, Pierre Mulamba and Kakoko scored twice).

Zaire went into the semi-finals down 2-0 to the hosts but won 3-2 (Pierre Mulamba scored twice and Kidumu scored twice). In the final, Zaire faced Zambia and drew 2-2 after extra time (Pierre Mulamba scored twice) and was forced to replay the match two days later.

While a handful of Congolese players played in Europe (particularly Belgium) during these years, the foreign-based players were rarely called up for international duty; a rare exception was Julien Kialunda who played for Zaire (as the country was then known) at the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, at the time playing for Anderlecht.

He also held the record for most goals scored in an African Cup of Nations finals with 9 goals in 6 games at the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The first and only time in the history of the competition, the final was replayed after the first match was tied (2-2 after regulation time). Zaire won the second match 2-0. At the end of the competition, the Zaire team flew back to their country on the presidential plane provided by Mobutu Séséko.

Zambia: 1 title, 2 times runner-ups



national team has won the Africa Cup of Nations once in 2012 and finished two times as runner-ups in 1974 and 1994. The Zambian team had qualified for the 2012 edition of the competition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

After coming through the group as runners-up with seven points following a 2-1 win over Senegal, a 2-2 draw against Libya and a 1-0 victory over host Equatorial Guinea, Zambia knocked out Sudan 3-0 in the quarter-finals. They defeated favourites Ghana 1-0 in the semi-finals and went on to win against Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties (0-0 after extra time) in the final.

Chris Katongo, the Zambian captain, was named the tournament's best player and also won the top scorer, tied with teammate Emmanuel Mayuka. The final match was played in Libreville, not far from the scene of the plane crash disaster 19 years earlier, and interestingly it took 18 shots from the penalty spot, as many as the number of players who died in that accident.

Tunisia: 1 title, 2 times runner-ups


has won the African Cup of Nations as host in 2004. They were also finalists in 1965 as hosts and in 1996 in South Africa. In 2004, Tunisia had its best year on the footballing scene. That year's Africa Cup of Nations was to be played in the country, in six cities (Bizerta, Monastir, Radès, Sfax, Sousse and Tunis). They were in Group A, with Rwanda, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Eagles finished undefeated with two wins (against Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo) and a draw against Guinea. In the next rounds, they defeated Senegal and Nigeria (which suffered defeat in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers) before advancing to the final against the dangerous Moroccan national team. With a goal from Jaziri, which was scored in the 52nd minute, Tunisia won 2-1 and celebrated its only football title.

Sudan: 1 title, 2 times runner-ups

The Sudanese national team has been able to win the Africa Cup of Nation in 1970 and finish as runner-ups on two occasions in 1959 and 1963.

Having organised the first African Cup of Nations in 1957,


was again selected to host the seventh African Cup of Nations in 1970. They won the first two games against Cameroon (2-1, goals by Djaksa and Hasabu) and Ethiopia (3-0, goals by Gagarin, Hasabu and Djaksa) and then lost to Côte d'Ivoire (0-1). They defeated Egypt in the semi-finals (2-1, double by El-Issed). In the final, they beat Ghana 1-0 thanks to El-Issed's goal.

Ethiopia: 1 title, 1 times runner-ups


hosted the third edition of the African Cup of Nations, which was initially scheduled for 1960 but was delayed until January 1962. It was the first edition with the qualifying stage, where Ethiopians were also involved because the rescheduling of the competition led to some uncertainty as to whether it would actually be held in Addis Ababa.

While Ethiopia qualified against Kenya, the governing body of CAF finally decided to award the hosting of the 1962 Africa Cup of Nations to Ethiopia, thereby allowing automatic qualification and the re-selection of the Kenyans for the rest of the competition.

Ethiopia's Walya Antelopes looked to the support of their home fans in Addis Ababa as they attempted to dethrone the United Arab Republic, which had won the previous two editions of the competition. Having beaten Tunisia (who were playing in their first African Cup) by four goals to two in the semi-finals, Ethiopia went on to win the competition with a victory in the final, beating the United Arab Republic after extra time.

This was the greatest achievement of the Ethiopian team, captained by Luciano Vassalo and coached by Ydnekatchew Tessema and Yugoslav Slavko Milošević. In doing so, the Ethiopians took revenge on the Pharaohs after several painful defeats in official competitions.

Morocco: 1 title, 1 times runner-ups


has played in the Africa Cup of Nations a total of 17 times, making its debut in 1972. Back in 1976, Morocco clinched the trophy, the only Africa Cup of Nations won by the Lions of the Atlas. The 1976 tournament took place in Ethiopia. Morocco finished first in the group.

For the first time, the second round consisted of another group in which the group winner became the champion. In this group, Morocco won the first two matches, first against Egypt 2-1 and then against Nigeria 2-1. In the final, decisive match, a draw was needed. Ahmed Majrouh Baba scored the 1-1 goal five minutes before the end to give Morocco the title.

South Africa: 1 title, 1 times runner-ups

The 1996 African Cup of Nations finals were originally scheduled to be hosted by Kenya, however, the Kenyan federation decided not to host and

South Africa

stepped in. As a result, Bafana Bafana was named for the finals and emerged from qualifying Group 5 after two wins and a draw.

With defending champions Nigeria absent, the South Africans made it to the final, where they beat Tunisia 2-0 in front of 75,000 spectators at Soccer City in Johannesburg with two goals from Mark Williams. Williams was the top scorer of the tournament with five goals - along with Zambian Kalusha Bwalya. South Africa again reached the final of the 1998 African Cup of Nations two years later but was defeated 2-0 by Egypt in Ouagadougou.

Congo: 1 title

Following a first experience at the African Cup of Nations in 1968, the


football team played Morocco (1-1) in the first round with a goal by Moukila, then lost to Zaire (0-2) and finally won against Sudan with a 4-2 score (double by Jean-Michel Mbono and goals by Jonas Bahamboula MBemba, known as Tostao and François M'Pelé).

Congo qualified for the semi-finals with three points, equal on points with Morocco, because of the number of draws (one for Congo against three for Morocco). In the semis, they defeated Cameroon (1-0, goal by Noël Minga Tchibinda, known as Pépé). In the final, they defeated Mali 3-2 thanks to a double from Jean-Michel Mbono and a goal from François M'Pelé, and claimed the trophy in their second appearance at an African Cup of Nations tournament.

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