AFCON diaries: know some of the history behind Afcon since its inception (part two)

Africa Cup of Nations 2021 to be staged in Cameroon.

The African Cup of Nations 2021 becomes the 33rd edition since it started in 1957. Several records by individual players, teams and coaches have been recorded. brings you up to speed a compilation of such interesting histories and Afcon moments in the past years.

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✅ Egyptian duo Ahmed Hassan and Essam El Hadary are the most decorated players in AFCON history winning four (4) titles each (1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010).

✅ Ghana’s Charles Gyamfi (1963, 1965 and 1982) and Egypt’s Hassan Shehata (2006, 2008 and 2010) are the coaches that won most AFCON titles, three (3) each.

✅ Frenchman Herve Renard is the only coach to win AFCON titles with multiple teams, 2012 with Zambia and 2015 with Cote d’Ivoire.

Nigeria 1994

✅ Mahmoud ElGohary and Stephen Keshi are the only men to win AFCON titles as player and coach. El Gohary won it with Egypt in 1959 (player) and 1998 (coach), while Keshi did the same with Nigeria in 1994 (player) and 2013 (coach).

✅ French Claude Le Roy is the coach that appeared in most AFCON editions, as he coached sides in nine (9) different editions. Le Roy is also the coach to lead the highest number of nations in AFCON history as he coached six different teams: Cameroon (1986 and 1988), Senegal (1990 and 1992), Ghana (2008), DR Congo (2006 and 2013), Congo (2015) and Togo (2017).

✅ Egypt hosted the highest number of AFCON editions, they were the hosts five (5) times (1959, 1974, 1986, 2006 and 2019).

✅ Eight teams won the tournament as hosts: Egypt (1959, 1986 and 2006), Ghana (1963 and 1978), Ethiopia (1962), Sudan (1970), Nigeria (1980), Algeria (1990), South Africa (1996) and Tunisia (2004).

✅ Tunisia is the most country to appear at AFCON in consecutive appearances, fifteen (15) times (1994–2021).

✅ Egypt has the record of AFCON appearances (25).

✅ Nigeria is the most team to finish in top 3 in AFCON history with a total of fifteen (15) times: Winners three (3) times, runners up four (4) times, and third place in eight (8) times.

✅ Egypt has the longest unbeaten streak in AFCON history, 24 games between 2004 and 2017. During this period they have a record nine (9) consecutive wins

✅ A total of 44 teams qualified to AFCON finals, with Gambia and Comoros making their debuts in the Cameroon 2021 edition.

✅ Ten (10) teams never qualified to AFCON finals before: Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Somalia and South Sudan.

Baghdad Bounedjah of Algeria celebrates goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Final

✅ The 2019 edition had the highest number of goals scored (102 goals in 52 matches), while the 1957 edition had the fewest number of goals (7 in 2 matches).

✅ The 1962 edition has the highest goalscoring ratio (18 goals in 4 matches, 4.5 goals/match), while the 1988 edition has the lowest ratio (23 goals in 16 matches, 1.44 goals/match).

✅ Six (6) players won Top Scorer award in multiple AFCON editions. They are Laurent Pokou (Cote d’Ivoire – 1968 and 1970), Segun Odegbami (Nigeria – 1978 and 1980), roger Milla (Cameroon – 1986 and 1988), Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria – 1992 and 1994), Patrick M’Boma (Cameroon – 2002 and 2004) and Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon – 2006 and 2008).

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