AFCON Diaries: know some of the history behind AFCON since its inception (part one)


African Cup of Nations trophy

The African Cup of Nations formerly known as Africa Nations Cup before it turned out to be Confederations of African Cup (CAN) was first played in 1957. Only three nations competed in that year, namely, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. South Africa were banned from participating in the tournament due to the apartheid system.Below are some interesting facts about Afcon.

✅ Egypt is the most successful country in AFCON history, having won the title seven (7) times (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010).

✅ Three teams won the title in their AFCON debut: Egypt (1957), Ghana (1963) and South Africa (1996).

✅ Egypt is the only side to win the title three consecutive times (2006, 2008 and 2010). Three teams won the title twice in a row: Egypt (1957 and 1959), Ghana (1963 and 1965) and Cameroon (2000 and 2002).

✅ Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o is the all-time AFCON top goal scorer with 18 goals.

✅ Ndaye Mulamba (DR Congo) scored the highest number of goals in a single tournament, 9 in Egypt 1974.

✅ Raafat Attia (Egypt) scored the first ever AFCON goal against Sudan on 10 February 1957.

✅ Mohamed Diab Al Attar “Ad-Diba” was the first player to score a hattrick in AFCON history. He scored four goals in Egypt’s 4-0 win over Ethiopia in the maiden edition final in 1957

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