Since the introduction of the tournament (AFCON) in the year 1957 which has involved over 34 different countries that has fought so hard to acclaim the most African prestigious honor in every two years.
We solemnly have different winners of the AFCON trophy and also the runners up in the tournament, where the Egyptian are the most winner of the competition.
What is AFCON?
These has been a question many people are asking on daily basis, so we can say (AFCON) is African Cup of Nations which was brought into existence in the year 1957, is the most prestigious competition ever played in Africa by African countries, which is run on a yearly basis until 1968 it was changed to a 2 year competitions and from there we have different nations claiming the trophy in every 2 years.
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The History of AFCON
In 1957 the (AFCON) was called the biennual African Cup of Nations tournament, which was hosted by Sudan and is being played in the Nubian Desert in Sudan with three Nations Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
The Egyptian became the first Africa country to win the tournament 1957 and also in 1959 the Egyptian won the tournament consecutively while Ethiopia and Sudan comes runner up in 1957 and 1959.
During the period of this tournament, it got the attention of the European talent scout who touched down to Africa country to scout for Africa talent during and after the tournament, because of the way football is played attractively both in attack and defence, the then Caf president Ydnekachew Tessema make sure africa players benefitted from the European scout then but passed on in 1987.
This is how Africa football enter into limelight as the AFCON trophy and the tournament earned more international recognitions in all event. A good conduct of the game was introduce in 1980 and multipurpose sponorship was given right to cover Africa football in the tournament.
Records of AFCON
The Egyptians holds the most titles won in the competition with (7) AFCON title, followed by the Cameroon with (5) AFCON title, while Nigeria holds (3) AFCON title, Ghana also holds (4) AFCON title and many others, see screenshot below for more;
From the North Africa side, Tunisia holds the most consecutive appearance in the tournament with (15) appearance, while the Egyptian holds the most appearance of the competition with (25) appearance in all.
Samuel Eto holds the most goals scored in AFCON competition with (18) goals and Ivorian striker Laurent Pokou holds the most goals scored in a single match with (5) goals in a 6-1 win over Ethiopia in 1970.
See screenshot below for the most goals scored in AFCON competition;
Winners and Runners Up
Egypt was the first country to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1957 and also in 1959 the Egyptian also won the trophy for the second time while Ethiopia and Sudan finish runners up in both tournament.
Nigeria and Ghana won the AFCON for the first time in 1980 and 1963, as Nigeria finished 4 times as runners up on different occasions.
See screenshot below of the winners and Runners up of AFCON tournament;
The next edition of AFCON will set to begin in January 2022 as nations prepare to face each other and fight for the Africa most prestigious trophy. So many countries have been tipped to win the coming edition of the AFCON title such as Senegal, South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana and the host country Cameroon.