African Cup of Nations winners list
The 30 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations have been won by 14 different nations.
Egypt leads with 7 titles followed by Ghana and Cameroon with four titles each. Here is the African Cup of Nations winners list
1957 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Egypt 4-0 Ethiopia
The first edition of the African Cup of nations was hosted by Sudan in 1957. Three teams took part and only two games were played. Egypt defeated the hosts 2-1 in the semifinal and Ethiopia automatically advanced to the final following the ban on South Africa. Ad Diba of Egypt scored all four goals against Ethiopia as Egypt comfortably won the first title of the continental championship.
1959 African Cup of Nations
Winner: United Arab Republic
Final Score: United Arab Republic 2-1 Sudan
Host: United Arab Republic
The United Arab Republic, a confederation of Egypt and Syria, hosted and won the tournament in 1957. Matches were played in a round robin format among three teams. The home team won two matches, 4-0 against Ethiopia and 2-1 over Sudan, to top the group. Mahmoud El-Gohary of the U.A.R. finished as the top scorer of the tournament with four goals.
1962 African Cup of Nations
Runners-up: United Arab Republic
Final Score: Ethiopia 4-2 U.A.R (Extra Time)
Ethiopia was the winner of the 1962 competition after beating the defending champions 4-2 after extra time. Nine teams had taken part in the tournament leading to the introduction of a qualification round, but Ethiopia had an automatic qualification as hosts. Ethiopia had only to beat Tunisia to get into the final. They came from two goals down to win 4-2 and went on to face the United Arab Republic in the final.
1963 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Ghana 3-0 Sudan
The hosts once again took the home advantage to win the title. The tournament schedule was reformed to involve two groups each made up of three teams. Ghana topped Group A after beating Ethiopia and drawing 1-1 against Tunisia. The hosts were champions through three second-half goals in the final tie against Sudan.
1965 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Ghana 3-2 Tunisia (Extra Time)
A recurrence of having the host winning the title was halted by Ghana after edging out Tunisia in the 1965 final. Ghana scored first but two goals by Tunisia early in the second half saw them trailing. The defending champions recovered the deficit in the 79th minute to force the game into extra time. The game ended 3-2 and Ghana was the winner once again.
1968 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Congo-Kinshasa 1-0 Ghana
A lone goal sealed the win for Congo-Kinshasa in the 1968 final, after knocking out Ethiopia in the semis. Congo-Kinshasa ensured the final score in the match against Ghana was not a repeat of a similar tie earlier in the competition which they had lost 2-1. Kalala Mukendi scored for Congo to secure the first title and end any hopes the defending champions had of making it three title wins in a row.
1970 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Sudan 1-0 Ghana
Sudan beat Ghana 1-0 in the final of the 1970 championship. Ghana was in the final for a consecutive four times after beating Ivory Coast in the semifinal. However, Sudan was seriously contesting for their first title. They took charge of the game in the early minutes and managed to score the only goal of the match.
1972 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Congo 3-2 Mali
The People’s Republic of Congo knocked out the home team in the semifinal to advance to the final. Three goals scored within seven minutes of the second half helped them win 3-2 over Mali in the final. The victory marked Congo’s first title in the championship.
1974 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Zaire 2-2 Zambia (2-0 Replay)
The 1974 African Cup of Nations final was a tie between Zaire and Zambia. The teams equaled 2-2 in the final and had to go for a replay two days later. Two goals by the top scorer of the tournament, Ndaye Mulamba, secured the win for Zaire. This was the second title for Zaire, having won for the first time in 1968 as Congo-Kinshasa.
1976 African Cup of Nations
Morocco was the champion of the tenth edition of the competition. The tournament schedule changed with the new format including a final round for the top finishers in the two groups. Morocco finished a point ahead of Guinea after winning two games 2-1, against Egypt and Nigeria, and tying 1-1 with Guinea.
1978 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Ghana 2-0 Uganda
Ghana won the third title after defeating Uganda 2-0 in the final with both goals from the top scorer of the tournament, Opoku Afriyie. Earlier on Ghana had knocked out Tunisia in the semifinal, as the format used in the previous tournament was abandoned and went back to the earlier setup.
1980 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Nigeria 3-0 Algeria
Nigeria crushed Algeria in the finals to win the first title in the African Cup of Nations competition. The hosts defeated Morocco 1-0 in the semi final and continued the fine performance to cap a convincing 3-0 win over the Algerians.
1982 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Ghana 1-1 Libya (7-6 pen)
Ghana returned to their winning ways to claim a fourth title in the championship. They faced the home team in the final, the second time both teams faced off as they had met earlier in the group stage. The match ended 1-1 after extra time and the tie had to be broken through penalties. Ghana was the victor after winning the penalty shootout 7-6.
1984 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Cameroon 3-1 Nigeria
Host: Ivory Coast
Cameroon finally got the first title in 1984, defeating Nigeria 3-1 in the final. Cameroon made it to the final by knocking out Algeria in the semifinal through a penalty shootout. They had also to fight from a goal down after Nigeria took the lead in the 10th minute but managed a 3-1 win.
1986 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Egypt 3-1 Cameroon
Egypt edged out Cameroon in the final to win the third title. This host had been chasing for another title since winning the 1957 and 1959 competitions. The match ended in a barren draw after extra time but the North African nation clinched the title by winning the penalty shootout 5-4.
1988 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Cameroon 1-0 Nigeria
Cameroon made it into a successive final, only that this time they managed to win against Nigeria. Cameroon eliminated the hosts in the semifinal to book a place in the final with the Nigerians. The lone goal scored through a penalty in the second half of the final was enough to ensure Cameroon won its second title.
1990 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Algeria 1-0 Nigeria
The 1990 Africa Cup of Nations was a repeat of the final a decade before, with Algeria facing Nigeria. Algeria beat Senegal 2-1 in the semifinal to progress to the final. The West African team had to settle for second place this round as Algeria won 1-0 in the final to earn their first title.
1992 African Cup of Nations
Winner: Ivory Coast
Final Score: Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (11-10 pen)
The final of the 1992 Cup of Nations was a contest between Ivory Coast and Ghana. The two teams failed to score after extra time and the game was decided on penalties. All the players took part in the shootout as Ivory Coast won 11-10 to earn the first title.
1994 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Nigeria 2-1 Zambia
Nigeria came from a goal down to win 2-1 in the final against Zambia. Emmanuel Amuneke came on as a substitute in the match and scored the two goals that secured the win. Nigeria had earlier on defeated Zaire 2-0 in the quarter final and the defending champions, Ivory Coast, in the semifinal.
1996 African Cup of Nations
Winner: South Africa
Final Score: South Africa 2-0 Tunisia
Host: South Africa
South Africa was back in the championship after being banned since the inaugural tournament. They marked their return by winning the title on their home ground. The hosts knocked out Algeria in the quarter final and Ghana in the semifinal before defeating Tunisia 2-0 to win their first title.
1998 African Cup of Nations
Runners-up: South Africa
Final Score: Egypt 2-0 South Africa
Host: Burkina Faso
Egypt’s renowned performance at the international platform was renewed in the 1998 Cup of Nations final as they emerged the winners for the fourth time. The side had failed to make to the final since winning in 1986. Egypt knocked out the Ivory Coast and the home team before winning the final 2-0 over the defending champions.
2000 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Cameroon 2-2 Nigeria (4-3 pen)
Host: Ghana and Nigeria
Cameroon won the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations to reach three title victories. They booked a place in the final after thrashing Algeria 3-0 in the semifinal. In the final, Cameroon lost a 2-0 lead to tie 2-2 with Nigeria. The teams went for a penalty shootout which ended 4-3 in favor of Cameroon.
2002 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Cameroon 0-0 Senegal (3-2 pen)
Cameroon appeared in the following contest and went on to win its fourth title of the competition after defeating Senegal in the final. The game was goalless after extra time and Cameroon managed to outscore the opponents 3-2 on penalties to be champions for a consecutive time.
2004 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Tunisia 2-1 Morocco
Tunisia was the winner of the 2004 tournament, their first title in the championship. Tunisia knocked out 2002 finalist Senegal in the quarter final before eliminating Nigeria in the semifinal. They faced Morocco in the final, winning 2-1 to take home the Cup of Nations trophy.
2006 African Cup of Nations
Runners-up: Ivory Coast
Final Score: Egypt 0-0 Ivory Coast (4-2 pen)
Egypt made it five title wins when they defeated Ivory Coast in the final through penalties. Egypt had earlier beaten Senegal and DR Congo in the knock out rounds. The final ended in a barren draw but the hosts won 4-2 in the shootout to become champions of Africa.
2008 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Egypt 1-0 Cameroon
Egypt featured again in the 2008 Cup of Nations final to win 1-0 over Cameroon. Despite the exceptional performance of its star player Samuel Eto’o, the Cameroon side could not make to dethrone the defending champions. Egypt earned the title after broking the deadlock in the 77th minute to win 1-0.
2010 African Cup of Nations
Final Score: Egypt 1-0 Ghana
Egypt continued their dominance in the African soccer competition by emerging champions for the third consecutive time. Egypt recorded a perfect victory in the tournament, winning all the group matches then eliminating Cameroon, Algeria and finally Ghana. No other nation has managed to break the record Egypt has of seven title wins.
2012 African Cup of Nations
Runners-up: Ivory Coast
Final Score: Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast (8-7 pen)
Host: Gabon and Equatorial Guinea
Zambia exceeded expectations to emerge victorious over the Ivory Coast side in the final. The Zambians beat Sudan and Ghana to reach the final which was decided on penalties after both teams were level after extra time. Zambia won their first title by leading 8-7 in the penalty shootout.
2013 African Cup of Nations
Runners-up: Burkina Faso
Final Score: Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
Host: South Africa
Nigeria was the champion at the expense of Burkina Faso in the 2013 African Cup of Nations held in South Africa. Having eliminated the Ivory Coast in the quarter final and Mali in the semifinal, Nigeria faced Burkina Faso in the final. They won the match 1-0 to secure the third title.
2015 African Cup of Nations
Winner: Ivory Coast
Final Score: Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (9-8 pen)
Host: Equatorial Guinea
Ivory Coast and Ghana faced off in the final for the second time in the history of the championship, after playing for the first time in 1992. Ivory Coast advanced after knocking out one of the tournament’s favorites, Algeria, in the quarter final and DR Congo in the semifinal. The match against Ghana remained goalless after extra time and Ivory Coast won on penalties to win the second title.