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Full list: 33 AFCON Winners, Runner-Up Since 1957

Africa Cup of Nations, the most prestigious football (soccer) competition in Africa. It is contested by national teams and is organized by the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF).

The competition’s format has changed over time, with the number of teams increasing from 3 in 1957 to, after several expansions, 24 in 2019.

Growing participation also led to the introduction of qualifying rounds in 1968, the same year that CAF decided to hold the tournament biennially.

The Africa Cup of Nations was first held in February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan, where Egypt defeated the host nation in the final to win the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy, named after its donor, an Egyptian who was the first CAF president.

That trophy was permanently awarded to Ghana in 1978 when it 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.

Here is a complete list of 33 Africa Cup of Nations champions, and runner-up;

Year Winner – Runner up

1957 Egypt – Ethiopia

1959 Egypt – Sudan

1962 Ethiopia – Egypt

1963 Ghana – Sudan

1965 Ghana – Tunisia

1968 Congo (Kinshasa) -Ghana

1970 Sudan – Ghana

1972 Congo (Brazzaville)- Mali

1974 Zaire – Zambia

1976 Morocco – Guinea

1978 Ghana – Uganda

1980 Nigeria – Algeria

1982 Ghana – Libya

1984 Cameroon – Nigeria

1986 Egypt – Cameroon

1988 Cameroon – Nigeria

1990 Algeria – Nigeria

1992 Côte d’Ivoire – Ghana

1994 Nigeria – Zambia

1996 South Africa – Tunisia

  1. Egypt – South Africa

2000 Cameroon – Nigeria

2002 Cameroon – Senegal

2004 Tunisia – Morocco

2006 Egypt – Côte d’Ivoire

2008 Egypt – Cameroon

2010 Egypt – Ghana

2012 Zambia – Côte d’Ivoire

2013 Nigeria – Burkina Faso

2015 Côte d’Ivoire – Ghana

2017 Cameroon – Egypt

2019 Algeria – Senegal

2021 Senegal – Egypt


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