Africa Cup of Nations

Editions

Year Host nation(s) Winner Runner-up
1957 Sudan Egypt Ethiopia
1959 Egypt Egypt Sudan
1962 Ethiopia Ethiopia Egypt
1963 Ghana Ghana Sudan
1965 Tunisia Ghana Tunisia
1968 Ethiopia Congo DR Ghana
1970 Sudan Sudan Ghana
1972 Cameroon Congo Mali
1974 Egypt Congo DR Zambia
1976 Ethiopia Morocco Guinea
1978 Ghana Ghana Uganda
1980 Nigeria Nigeria Algeria
1982 Libya Ghana Libya
1984 Ivory Coast Cameroon Nigeria
1986 Egypt Egypt Cameroon
1988 Morocco Cameroon Nigeria
1990 Algeria Algeria Nigeria
1992 Senegal Ivory Coast Ghana
1994 Tunisia Nigeria Zambia
1996 South Africa South Africa Tunisia
1998 Burkina Faso Egypt South Africa
2000 Ghana and Nigeria Cameroon Nigeria
2002 Mali Cameroon Senegal
2004 Tunisia Tunisia Morocco
2006 Egypt Egypt Ivory Coast
2008 Ghana Egypt Cameroon
2010 Angola Egypt Ghana
2012 Gabon and Equatorial Guinea Zambia Ivory Coast
2013 South Africa Nigeria Burkina Faso
2015 Equatorial Guinea Ivory Coast Ghana
2017 Gabon Cameroon Egypt
2019 Cameroon
2021 Ivory Coast
2023 Gambia

History

The Africa Cup of Nations, which is officially known as CAN (Coupe d'Afrique des Nations) and also referred to as African Cup of Nations or AFCON, is the main international competition in Africa and is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The origin of the competition dates from June 1956, when the creation of the CAF was proposed during the third FIFA congress in Lisbon.

There were immediate plans for a continental tournament to be held and, in February 1957, the first African Cup of Nations was held in Khartoum in Sudan.

There was no qualification for this tournament, the field being made up of the four founding nations of CAF - Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

South Africa's insistence on selecting only white players for their squad due to its apartheid policy led to their disqualification, and as a consequence Ethiopia were handed a bye straight to the final so only two matches were played.

The competition'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, which was the same year that it was decided to hold the tournament biennially.
The African Cup of Nations was first held in February 1957 in Khartoum in Sudan, where Egypt defeated the host nation in the final 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 that team claimed its third championship since 1978.

In 2002, a new trophy called the Cup of Nations was introduced.

Under the leadership of Ethiopian Ydnekachew Tessema, the CAF president from 1972 until his death in 1987, the cup earned greater international recognition.
Professionalism was allowed in 1980 and corporate sponsorships accepted in 1984.
The winner of the Africa Cup of Nations represents the continent at the FIFA Confederations Cup.