5 African Countries To Have Won The Most AFCON Titles

African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) is a tournament played in Africa to test the best of African countries in Football.

The tournament, started in 1957 and has had thirty editions so far. Ivory Coast are the most recent winners, winning it in 2015 after defeating Ghana 9-8 on penalties after a 0-0 draw after regulation time, making it the second time they’ve won the tournament. In this article thus, we examine the five countries to have won the most AFCON tournament in history;

  1. Ivory Coast – 1992, 2015 ivory coast afcon

The 1992 African Cup of Nations, was the 18th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Senegal. The field expanded to twelve teams, split into four groups of three; the top two teams in each group advanced to the quarterfinals. Côte d’Ivoire won its first championship, beating Ghana on penalty kicks 11−10 after a goalless draw. In 2015, Ivory Coast won the tournament for their second Africa Cup of Nations title, defeating Ghana 9–8 in a penalty shoot-out after the final finished goalless following extra time. The DR Congo came third and the hosts Equatorial Guinea fourth, while defending champions Nigeria did not qualify.

  1. Nigeria – 1980, 1994, 2013 Nigeria afcon

The 1980 African Cup of Nations was the 12th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Nigeria. Just like in 1978, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. Nigeria won its first championship, beating Algeria in the final 3−0. The 1994 African Cup of Nations was the 19th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Tunisia, who replaced original hosts Zaire. Just as in 1992, the field of twelve teams was split into four groups of three. Nigeria won its second championship, beating Zambia in the final 2−1. The 2013 tournament is the highest attended edition of the Africa Cup of Nations under the current, 16-team format. The South African team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Mali, following a penalty shoot-out.Nigeria won its third Africa Cup of Nations championship with a 1–0 victory over Burkina Faso in the final.

  1. Cameroon – 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 cameroon afcon

The 1984 African Cup of Nations, was the 14th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Côte d’Ivoire. Just like in 1982, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. Cameroon won its first championship, beating Nigeria in the final 3−1. The 1988 African Cup of Nations was the 16th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Morocco, who replaced original host Zambia. Just like in 1986, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. The tournament final was held in Casablanca at Stade Mohamed V. Cameroon won its second championship, beating Nigeria in the final 1−0. The 2000 African Cup of Nations was the 22nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF). It was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria, who jointly replaced Zimbabwe as host. Just like in 1998, the field of sixteen teams was split into four groups of four. Cameroon won the championship, beating Nigeria in the final 4−3 on penalty kicks. The 2002 African Cup of Nations was the 23rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Mali. Just like in 2000, the field of sixteen teams was split into four groups of four. Cameroon won its fourth championship (repeating as champions), beating Senegal on penalty kicks 3−2 after a goalless draw.

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  1. Ghana – 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982 ghana afconnn

The 1963 African Cup of Nations was hosted by Ghana. The final in Accra on 1 December saw the hosts winning 3-0 on Sudan, after the first half finished 0−0. The 1965 African Cup of Nations was the fifth edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Tunisia. Just like in 1963, the field of six teams was split into two groups of three. Ghana retained its title, beating Tunisia in the final 3−2 a.e.t. The 1978 African Cup of Nations was the eleventh edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Accra and Kumasi, Ghana. Ghana won its third championship, beating Uganda in the final 2−0. The 1982 African Cup of Nations was the 13th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Libya. Ghana won its fourth championship, beating Libya on penalty kicks 7−6 after a 1−1 draw.

  1. Egypt – 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010 egypt afcon

The 1957 African Cup of Nations was the first edition of the Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Sudan. In the final Egypt beat Ethiopia 4−0. The 1959 African Cup of Nations was hosted by Egypt and won by Egypt. The Egyptians won over Ethiopia 4−0 and over Sudan 2−1. The 1986 African Cup of Nations was won by Egypt who defeated Cameroon on penalty kicks 5−4 after a goalless draw. In 1998, Egypt won its fourth ACN championship, beating South Africa in the final 2−0. . Egypt won its fifth championship in 2006, beating Cote d’Ivoire in the final 4−2 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw.  Egypt won its sixth tournament in 2008, beating Cameroon 1–0 in the final. With 99 goals, it was the highest-scoring Africa Cup of Nations ever. In 2010, Egypt won their seventh tournament, and an unprecedented third in a row, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final.

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