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The Africa Cup of Nations has grown incredibly since its first tournament back to 1957, when only three teams, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan, participated. Nowadays it's a hugely competitive tournament with more than 50 teams trying to qualify for it, and it's now a tournament with lots of quality teams and players. One look at the list of winners of the African Footballer of the Year Award will quickly remind anyone of the standard of players who've graced the tournament over the years.

There's been a good spread of winners of the Africa Cup of Nations with 14 different teams having lifted the trophy, but it's Egypt who are the kings of the competition, having won it on seven occasions, two ahead of Cameroon and three ahead of Ghana.

Unlike the European Championships or the World Cup, which are held every four years, the Africa Cup of Nations is held every two years.



AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS WINNERS

Tournament Winner Runner-up Final Result
2019 Egypt Algeria Senegal 1:0
2017 Gabon Cameroon Egypt 2:1
2015 Equatorial Guinea Ivory Coast Ghana 0:0 (a.e.t.) (9:8 Pens)
2013 South Africa Nigeria Burkina Faso 1:0
2012 Gabon / Equatorial Guinea Zambia Ivory Coast 0:0 (a.e.t.) (8:7 Pens)
2010 Angola Egypt Ghana 1:0
2008 Ghana Egypt Cameroon 1:0
2006 Egypt Egypt Ivory Coast 0:0 (a.e.t.) (4:2 Pens)
2004 Tunisia Tunisia Morocco 2:1
2002 Mali Cameroon Senegal 0:0 (a.e.t.) (3:2 Pens)
2000 Ghana Nigeria Cameroon Nigeria 2:2 (a.e.t.) (4:3 Pens)
1998 Burkina Faso Egypt South Africa 2:0
1996 South Africa South Africa Tunisia 2:0
1994 Tunisia Nigeria Zambia 2:1
1992 Senegal Ivory Coast Ghana 0:0 (a.e.t.) (11:10 Pens)
1990 Algeria Algeria Nigeria 1:0
1988 Morocco Cameroon Nigeria 1:0
1986 Egypt Egypt Cameroon 0:0 (a.e.t.) (5:4 Pens)
1984 Ivory Coast Cameroon Nigeria 3:1
1982 Libya Ghana Libya 1:1 (a.e.t.) (7:6 Pens)
1980 Nigeria Nigeria Algeria 3:0
1978 Ghana Ghana Uganda 2:0
1976 Ethiopia Morocco Guinea 1:1
1974 Egypt Zaire Zambia 2:2 (a.e.t.) 2:0 (Replay)
1972 Cameroon Congo Mali 3:2
1970 Sudan Sudan Ghana 1:0
1968 Ethiopia Congo-Kinshasa Ghana 1:0
1965 Tunisia Ghana Tunisia 3:2 (a.e.t.)
1963 Ghana Ghana Sudan 3:0
1962 Ethiopia Ethiopia United Arab Republic 4:2 (a.e.t.)
1959 United Arab Republic United Arab Republic Sudan 2:1
1957 Sudan Egypt Ethiopia 4:0

MOST AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS TITLES

Titles Team Tournaments
7 Egypt 1957 1959 1986 1998 2006 2008 2010
5 Cameroon 1984 1988 2000 2002 2017
4 Ghana 1963 1965 1978 1982
3 Nigeria 1980 1994 2013
2 Ivory Coast 1992 2015
2 Algeria 1990 2019
2 DR Congo 1968 1974
1 Zambia 2012
1 Tunisia 2004
1 Sudan 1970
1 Ethiopia 1962
1 Morocco 1976
1 South Africa 1996
1 Congo 1972