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African Nations Cup Winners Listed from 1957 to date

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Senegal are the current African Nations Cup winner, winning the trophy for the first time after beating Egypt on penalties (4-2) in the final.

Algeria were the defending champions but were knocked out in the group stage.

Cameroon, on the other hand, who are the hosts, lost their bid for the title in the semi-finals after losing on penalties to Egypt and eventually finished third.

Here is the full list of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winners from 1957 to date.

African Nations Cup Winners

AFCON 1957 CHAMPIONS: EGYPT

HOST COUNTRY: SUDAN

DATES: 10–16 FEBRUARY 1957

RUNNERS-UP:  ETHIOPIA

THIRD: SUDAN

PARTICIPANTS: 3 TEAMS

TOP SCORER: EGYPT’S EL-DIBA (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: EGYPT’S EL-DIBA

1959 AFCON CHAMPIONS: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC

HOST COUNTRY: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC

DATES: 22–29 MAY 1959

RUNNERS-UP:  SUDAN

THIRD:   ETHIOPIA

PARTICIPANTS: 3 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 8 (2.67 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC’S MAHMOUD EL-GOHARY (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC’S AD-DIBA

AFCON 1962 CHAMPIONS:  ETHIOPIA

HOST COUNTRY: ETHIOPIA

DATES: 14–21 JANUARY 1962

RUNNERS-UP:  EGYPT (UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC)

THIRD:   TUNISIA

PARTICIPANTS: 4 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 18 (4.5 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC’S BADAWI ABDEL FATTAH (3 GOALS) & ETHIOPIA’S MENGISTU WORKU (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: ETHIOPIA MENGISTU WORKU

1963 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  GHANA

HOST COUNTRY: GHANA

DATES: 24 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 1963

RUNNERS-UP:  SUDAN

THIRD:  EGYPT (UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC)

PARTICIPANTS: 6 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 33 (4.13 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC’S HASSAN EL-SHAZLY (6 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC’S HASSAN EL-SHAZLY

AFCON 1965 CHAMPIONS:  GHANA

HOST COUNTRY: TUNISIA

DATES: 12–21 NOVEMBER 1965

RUNNERS-UP:  TUNISIA

THIRD:  IVORY COAST

PARTICIPANTS: 6 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 31 (3.88 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: GHANA’S BEN ACHEAMPONG (3 GOALS), GHANA’S OSEI KOFI (3 GOALS) & IVORY COAST’S EUSTACHE MANGLÉ (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: GHANA OSEI KOFI

1968 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  DR CONGO (CONGO-KINSHASA)

HOST COUNTRY: ETHIOPIA

DATES: 12–21 JANUARY 1968

RUNNERS-UP:  GHANA

THIRD:   IVORY COAST

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 52 (3.25 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: IVORY COAST’S LAURENT POKOU (6 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO’S KAZADI MWAMBA

AFCON 1970 CHAMPIONS:  SUDAN

HOST COUNTRY: SUDAN

DATES: 6–16 FEBRUARY 1970

RUNNERS-UP:  GHANA

THIRD:  EGYPT (UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC)

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 51 (3.19 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: IVORY COAST’S LAURENT POKOU (8 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: IVORY COAST’S LAURENT POKOU

1972 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  CONGO

HOST COUNTRY: CAMEROON

DATES: 23 FEBRUARY – 5 MARCH 1972

RUNNERS-UP:  MALI

THIRD:  CAMEROON

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 53 (3.31 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: MALI’S FANTAMADY KEITA (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO’S FRANÇOIS M’PELÉ

1974 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  ZAIRE

HOST COUNTRY: EGYPT

DATES: 1–14 MARCH 1974

RUNNERS-UP:  ZAMBIA

THIRD:  EGYPT

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 54 (3.18 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: ZAIRE NDAYE MULAMBA (9 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: ZAIRE NDAYE MULAMBA

1976 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  MOROCCO

HOST COUNTRY: ETHIOPIA

DATES: 29 FEBRUARY – 14 MARCH 1976

RUNNERS-UP:  GUINEA

THIRD:  NIGER

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 54 (3 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: GUINEA’S MAMADOU ALIOU KEÏTA (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: MOROCCO’S AHMED FARAS

AFCON 1978 CHAMPIONS:  GHANA

HOST COUNTRY: GHANA

DATES: 5–16 MARCH 1978

RUNNERS-UP:  UGANDA

THIRD:  NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 38 (2.38 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: GHANA’S OPOKU AFRIYIE (3 GOALS), NIGERIA’S SEGUN ODEGBAMI (3 GOALS) &  UGANDA’S PHILLIP OMONDI (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: GHANA’S ABDUL RAZAK

1980 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  NIGERIA

HOST COUNTRY: NIGERIA

DATES: 8−22 MARCH 1980

RUNNERS-UP:  ALGERIA

THIRD:  MOROCCO

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 33 (2.06 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: MOROCCO’S KHALED LABIED (3 GOALS) & NIGERIA’S SEGUN ODEGBAMI (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: NIGERIA’S CHRISTIAN CHUKWU

AFCON 1982 CHAMPIONS:  GHANA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: LIBYA

DATES: 5−19 MARCH 1982

RUNNERS-UP:  LIBYA

THIRD:  ZAMBIA

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 32 (2 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: GHANA’S GEORGE ALHASSAN (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: LIBYA’S FAWZI AL-ISSAWI

1984 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  CAMEROON

African Nations Cup Winners
Equipe du Cameroun – 18.03.1984 – Cameroun / Nigeria – Finale Coupe d’Afrique des Nations 1984, Photo : Alain de Martignac / Icon Sport,

HOST COUNTRY: IVORY COAST

DATES: 4–18 MARCH 1984

RUNNERS-UP:  NIGERIA

THIRD:  ALGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 39 (2.44 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: EGYPT’S TAHER ABOUZAID (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: CAMEROON’S THÉOPHILE ABEGA

BEST GOALKEEPER: CAMEROON’S JOSEPH-ANTOINE BELL

AFCON 1986 CHAMPIONS:  EGYPT

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: EGYPT

DATES: 7–21 MARCH 1986

RUNNERS-UP:  CAMEROON

THIRD:  IVORY COAST

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 31 (1.94 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: CAMEROON’S ROGER MILLA (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: CAMEROON’S ROGER MILLA

AFCON 1988 CHAMPIONS: CAMEROON

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: MOROCCO

DATES: 13–27 MARCH 1988

RUNNERS-UP: NIGERIA

THIRD:  ALGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 23 (1.44 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: ALGERIA’S LAKHDAR BELLOUMI (2 GOALS), CAMEROON’S ROGER MILLA (2 GOALS), EGYPT’S GAMAL ABDELHAMID (2 GOALS) & IVORY COAST’S ABDOULAYE TRAORÉ (2 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: MOROCCO’S AZIZ BOUDERBALA

BEST GOALKEEPER: CAMEROON’S JOSEPH-ANTOINE BELL

1990 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  ALGERIA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: ALGERIA

DATES: 2–16 MARCH 1990

RUNNERS-UP:  NIGERIA

THIRD:  ZAMBIA

PARTICIPANTS: 8 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 30 (1.88 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: ALGERIA’S DJAMEL MENAD (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: ALGERIA’S RABAH MADJER

AFCON 1992 CHAMPIONS:  IVORY COAST

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: SENEGAL

DATES: 12–26 JANUARY 1992

RUNNERS-UP:  GHANA

THIRD:  NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 12 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 34 (1.7 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: NIGERIA’S RASHIDI YEKINI (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: GHANA’S ABEDI PELE

BEST GOALKEEPER: IVORY COAST’S ALAIN GOUAMÉNÉ

1994 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  NIGERIA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: TUNISIA

DATES: 26 MARCH – 10 APRIL 1994

RUNNERS-UP:  ZAMBIA

THIRD:  IVORY COAST

PARTICIPANTS: 12 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 44 (2.2 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: NIGERIA’S RASHIDI YEKINI (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: NIGERIA’S RASHIDI YEKINI

AFCON 1996 CHAMPIONS:  SOUTH AFRICA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA

DATES: 13 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 1996

RUNNERS-UP:  TUNISIA

THIRD:  ZAMBIA

PARTICIPANTS: 15 TEAMS

Goals scored: 78 (2.69 per match)

Top scorer: Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya (5 goals)

Best player: Zambia’s Kalusha Bwalya

1998 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  EGYPT

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: BURKINA FASO

DATES: 7–28 FEBRUARY 1998

RUNNERS-UP:  SOUTH AFRICA

THIRD:  DR CONGO

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 93 (2.91 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: EGYPT’S HOSSAM HASSAN (7 GOALS) & SOUTH AFRICA’S BENNI MCCARTHY (7 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: SOUTH AFRICA’S BENNI MCCARTHY

AFCON 2000 CHAMPIONS:  CAMEROON

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRIES: GHANA AND NIGERIA

DATES: 22 JANUARY – 13 FEBRUARY 2000

RUNNERS-UP:  NIGERIA

THIRD:  SOUTH AFRICA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 73 (2.28 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: SOUTH AFRICA’S SHAUN BARTLETT (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: CAMEROON’S LAUREN

2002 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  CAMEROON

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: MALI

DATES: 19 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2002

RUNNERS-UP:  SENEGAL

THIRD:  NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 48 (1.5 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: NIGERIA’S JULIUS AGHAHOWA (3 GOALS),  CAMEROON’S PATRICK MBOMA (3 GOALS) & CAMEROON’S SALOMON OLEMBÉ (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: CAMEROON’S RIGOBERT SONG

AFCON 2004 CHAMPIONS:  TUNISIA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: TUNISIA

DATES: 24 JANUARY – 14 FEBRUARY 2004

RUNNERS-UP:  MOROCCO

THIRD:  NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 88 (2.75 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: MOROCCO’S YOUSSEF MOKHTARI (4 GOALS), MALI’S FRÉDÉRIC KANOUTÉ (4 GOALS), CAMEROON’S PATRICK MBOMA (4 GOALS),  NIGERIA’S JAY-JAY OKOCHA (4 GOALS) & TUNISIA’S FRANCILEUDO SANTOS (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: NIGERIA’S JAY-JAY OKOCHA

2006 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  EGYPT

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: EGYPT

DATES: 20 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2006

RUNNERS-UP:  IVORY COAST

THIRD:   NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 73 (2.28 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: CAMEROON’S SAMUEL ETO’O (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: EGYPT’S AHMED HASSAN

AFCON 2008 CHAMPIONS:  EGYPT

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: GHANA

DATES: 20 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2008

RUNNERS-UP:  CAMEROON

THIRD:   GHANA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 99 (3.09 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: CAMEROON’S SAMUEL ETO’O (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: EGYPT’S HOSNY ABD RABO

BEST GOALKEEPER: EGYPT’S ESSAM EL-HADARY

2010 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  EGYPT

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: ANGOLA

DATES: 10–31 JANUARY 2010

RUNNERS-UP:  GHANA

THIRD:   NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS 

GOALS SCORED: 71 (2.45 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: EGYPT’S GEDO (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: EGYPT’S AHMED HASSAN

BEST GOALKEEPER: EGYPT’S ESSAM EL HADARY

AFCON 2012 CHAMPIONS:  ZAMBIA

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRIES: GABON AND EQUATORIAL GUINEA

DATES: 21 JANUARY – 12 FEBRUARY 2012

RUNNERS-UP:  IVORY COAST

THIRD:   MALI

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 76 (2.38 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: ANGOLA’S MANUCHO (3 GOALS), GABON’S PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (3 GOALS), IVORY COAST’S DIDIER DROGBA (3 GOALS), MALI’S CHEICK DIABATÉ (3 GOALS), MOROCCO’S HOUSSINE KHARJA (3 GOALS), ZAMBIA’S CHRISTOPHER KATONGO (3 GOALS) &  ZAMBIA’S EMMANUEL MAYUKA (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: ZAMBIA’S CHRISTOPHER KATONGO

FAIR PLAY AWARD: IVORY COAST

2013 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  NIGERIA

In 2013, the tournament format had to be switched and started being held in odd-numbered years so that it wouldn’t interfere with the FIFA World Cup.

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA

DATES: 19 JANUARY – 10 FEBRUARY 2013

RUNNERS-UP:  BURKINA FASO

THIRD:   MALI

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 69 (2.16 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: NIGERIA’S EMMANUEL EMENIKE (4 GOALS) & GHANA’S MUBARAK WAKASO (4 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: BURKINA FASO’S JONATHAN PITROIPA

AFCON 2015 CHAMPIONS:  IVORY COAST

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: EQUATORIAL GUINEA

DATES: 17 JANUARY – 8 FEBRUARY 2015

RUNNERS-UP:  GHANA

THIRD:   DR CONGO

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 68 (2.13 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORERS: TUNISIA’S AHMED AKAÏCHI (3 GOALS),  GHANA’S ANDRÉ AYEW (3 GOALS), EQUATORIAL GUINEA’S JAVIER BALBOA (3 GOALS), REPUBLIC OF CONGO’S THIEVY BIFOUMA (3 GOALS) & DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO’S DIEUMERCI MBOKANI (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: GHANA’S CHRISTIAN ATSU

BEST GOALKEEPER: IVORY COAST’S SYLVAIN GBOHOUO

FAIR PLAY AWARD:  DR CONGO

2017 AFCON CHAMPIONS:  CAMEROON

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: GABON

DATES: 14 JANUARY – 5 FEBRUARY 2017

RUNNERS-UP:  EGYPT

THIRD:   BURKINA FASO

PARTICIPANTS: 16 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 66 (2.06 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: DR CONGO’S JUNIOR KABANANGA (3 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: CAMEROON’S CHRISTIAN BASSOGOG

FAIR PLAY AWARD:  EGYPT

AFCON 2019 CHAMPIONS:  ALGERIA

African Nations Cup Winners
Algerian players celebrate after winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Final football match between Senegal and Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo on July 19, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

HOST COUNTRY: EGYPT

DATES:  21 JUNE – 19 JULY 2019

RUNNERS-UP:  SENEGAL

THIRD:  NIGERIA

PARTICIPANTS: 24 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED: 102 (1.96 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER: NIGERIA’S ODION IGHALO (5 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER: ALGERIA’S ISMAËL BENNACER

BEST YOUNG PLAYER:  SENEGAL’S KRÉPIN DIATTA

BEST GOALKEEPER: ALGERIA’S RAÏS M’BOLHI

FAIR PLAY AWARD:  SENEGAL

2021 AFCON CHAMPIONS: SENEGAL

African Nations Cup Winners

HOST COUNTRY: CAMEROON

DATES:  9 JANUARY – 6 FEBRUARY 2022

RUNNERS-UP:    EGYPT

THIRD PLACE:     CAMEROON

FOURTH PLACE: BURKINA FASO

PARTICIPANTS: 24 TEAMS

GOALS SCORED:  100 (1.92 PER MATCH)

TOP SCORER:  CAMEROON’S VINCENT ABOUBAKAR (8 GOALS)

BEST PLAYER:  SENEGAL’S SADIO MANÉ

BEST YOUNG PLAYER: BURKINA FASO’S ISSA KABORÉ

BEST GOALKEEPER:  SENEGAL’S ÉDOUARD MENDY

FAIR PLAY AWARD:  SENEGAL

Past African Nations Cup Winners

Those are so far the African Cup of Nations trophy winners. Egypt are the most successful team in AFCON history, winning the tournament seven times as well as an unprecedented three consecutive titles in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

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