Africa Cup of Nations Winners

Winners of the Africa Cup hold the trophy aloft

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The Cup of Nations is the main international football competition in Africa. In the years since the competition was founded in 1957, Egypt have won three more titles than their closest challenger after a period of dominance between 2006 and 2010 saw them win it three times in a row. Mohamed Aboutrika was instrumental in the first two victories and is one of the tournament's greatest ever players.

It was Egypt who won the first ever edition in 1957, although they have failed to add to their haul in the last few years.

Ghana and Nigeria have each won it four times apiece, with Nigeria's most recent title coming in 2013, despite a typically fraught build-up. 

Many neutral observers will have been delighted to see the Ivory Coast's 'Golden Generation'—or at least what remained of it—winning the tournament in 2015. It was too late for Didier Drogba who announced his retirement a few months earlier, but at least the Toure brothers, Yaya and Kolo, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou were able to celebrate a long-awaited title after many years of trying.

Past Africa Cup of Nations Finals

  • 2017 Cameroon 2-1 Egypt
  • 2015 Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (Ivory Coast won 9-8 on penalties)
  • 2013 Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
  • 2012 Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast (Zambia won 8-7 on penalties)
  • 2010 Egypt 1-0 Ghana
  • 2008 Egypt 1-0 Cameroon
  • 2006 Egypt 0-0 Ivory Coast (Egypt won 4-2 on penalties)
  • 2004 Tunisia 2-1 Morocco
  • 2002 Cameroon 0-0 Senegal (Cameroon won 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2000 Cameroon 2-2 Nigeria (Cameroon won 4-3 on penalties)
  • 1998 Egypt 2-0 South Africa
  • 1996 South Africa 2-0 Tunisia
  • 1994 Nigeria 2-1 Zambia
  • 1992 Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (Ivory Coast won 11-10 on penalties)
  • 1990 Algeria 1-0 Nigeria
  • 1988 Cameroon 1-0 Nigeria
  • 1986 Egypt 0-0 Cameroon (Egypt won 5-4 on penalties)
  • 1984 Cameroon 3-1 Nigeria
  • 1982 Ghana 1-1 Libya (Ghana won 7-6 on penalties)
  • 1980 Nigeria 3-0 Algeria
  • 1978 Ghana 2-0 Uganda
  • 1976 Morocco
  • 1974 Zaire 2-2 Zambia (Zaire won replay 2-0)
  • 1972 Congo 3-2 Mali
  • 1970 Sudan 3-2 Ghana
  • 1968 Congo DR 1-0 Ghana
  • 1965 Ghana 3-2 Tunisia (aet)
  • 1963 Ghana 3-0 Sudan
  • 1962 Ethiopia 4-2 United Arab Republic (aet)
  • 1959 United Arab Republic
  • 1957 Egypt 4-0 Ethiopia

Total Africa Cup of Nations Won By Country

  • 7 Egypt
  • 4 Ghana
  • 4 Nigeria
  • 4 Cameroon
  • 2 Ivory Coast
  • 2 Congo DR
  • 1 Tunisia
  • 1 Sudan
  • 1 Algeria
  • 1 Morocco
  • 1 Ethiopia
  • 1 South Africa
  • 1 Congo
  • 1 Zambia
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