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African Cup of Nations (AFCON): List of all winners

Published at :February 12, 2024 at 4:30 PM
Modified at :February 12, 2024 at 4:30 PM
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Aditya Chauhan


Ivory Coast will host AFCON 2023

The 34th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is set to begin in Ivory Coast next week. 24 teams compete to lift the continental glory.

Senegal are the defending champions and will aim to defend their crown for the first time.

From a small competition that featured only three teams in the inaugural edition, AFCON has become the biggest football event in Africa and now has 24 countries in the main draw and 52 in the qualifiers.

Organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) – the governing body of football in the continent – the Africa Cup of Nations has been held 33 times and 14 different countries have lifted the championship till now.

With new nations joining CAF, the field for AFCON was increased to 12 in 1992 and 16 in 1996. The 2019 and 2021 editions saw 24 teams take part in the continental showpiece.

Only Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan competed in the first edition in 1957, with Egypt becoming the first AFCON winner after beating Ethiopia 4-0 in the final.

Egypt are the most successful team in the AFCON winners list, claiming the title seven times, including a hat-trick between 2006 and 2010. They have finished runners-up on three occasions (1962, 2017 and 2021) and third thrice (1963, 1970 and 1974).

Cameroon are the next most successful team in AFCON with five titles to their name and three other podium finishes.

AFCON: List of winners

  • 1957 – Egypt
  • 1959 – Egypt
  • 1962 – Ethiopia
  • 1963 – Ghana
  • 1965 – Ghana
  • 1968 – DR Congo
  • 1970 – Sudan
  • 1972 – Congo
  • 1974 – DR Congo
  • 1976 – Morocco
  • 1978 – Ghana
  • 1980 – Nigeria
  • 1982 – Ghana
  • 1984 – Cameroon
  • 1986 – Egypt
  • 1988 – Cameroon
  • 1990 – Algeria
  • 1992 – Ivory Coast
  • 1994 – Nigeria
  • 1996 – South Africa
  • 1998 – Egypt
  • 2000 – Cameroon
  • 2002 – Cameroon
  • 2004 – Tunisia
  • 2006 – Egypt
  • 2008 – Egypt
  • 2010 – Egypt
  • 2012 – Zambia
  • 2013 – Nigeria
  • 2015 – Ivory Coast
  • 2017 – Cameroon
  • 2019 – Algeria
  • 2021 – Senegal
  • 2023 – Ivory Coast

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