AFCON – African Cup of Nations Format & Statistics

AFCON is an acronym for the African Cup of Nations.

What is AFCON?

Africa’s men association football tournament that is played by African national teams after every two odd years. 

Who Organizes AFCON?

AFCON is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). CAF is the highest football governing body in Africa. 

When Was AFCON Tournament Played? 

AFCON competition was once held in 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan. The competition was started after FIFA suggested an African continental competition while in the 1956 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

Immediately, four nations, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Sudan organized the first competition the following year. 

Which Were the First Teams to Participate AFCON?

Initially, four teams were scheduled to play participate. These teams included Eqypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Africa. However, South Africa was eventually disqualified after the government insisted that only white players would participate in the competition according to the apartheid policies that characterized the South African government then. 

Which was the Fist team to Win AFCON?

Egypt was the first team to win the competition after thrashing Ethiopia 4-0 in Khartoum, Sudan in 1957. 

Which is The Most Successful Club?

Egypt if the most successful team having won the competition 7 times since its inception in 1957. Also, Egypt is the current runners-up after finishing second after Cameroon in 2017. 

After how Many Years AFCON is Played? 

The competition is played every two years since 1968. This continued for 28 competitions some changes in 2012 that switched to odd years as explained below. 

Then, Why is AFCON Played in Odd Years? 

From 1968 to 2012, the competition was played on even years. However, a problem emerged that it clashed with the World Cup which is also played on even years.

To avoid the clash, CAF rescheduled the competition to the old years starting in 2013. Therefore, the competition was held in two consecutive years for the first time in 2012 and 2013. 

Who are the Current AFCON Sponsors?

AFCON is currently sponsored by the TOTAL Petroleum Refining Company. Therefore, the competition is commonly referred to as the Total AFCON. For instance, Egypt is the current host. Therefore, the 2019 AFCON  was referred to as the Total 2019 AFCON.   

How Many Teams Participate in AFCON 

Currently, a total of 24 teams participate if the African Cup of Nations. This is the first time 24 teams are participating after the number was increased from 16 to 24 after the 2017 Gabon competition. 

Who is the Current AFCON Champion?

Algeria is the current champions after beating Senegal 1-0 in the Total 2019 AFCON final in Egypt. 


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