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The Africa Cup of Nations, or African Nations Cup, is the main international association football competition in Africa.

Run by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) the tournament was first staged in 1957 and has been held every two years since 1968; moving to odd years in 2013.

African Nations Cup - Winners Table

Seven Times
Travel to Egypt Egypt: 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010.

Four Times
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon: 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002.
Travel to Ghana Ghana: 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982.

Twice
Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) DR Congo: 1968, 1974.
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria: 1980, 1994.

Once
Travel to Algeria Algeria 1990.
Travel to Congo Congo: 1972.
Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire: 1992.
Travel to Ethiopia Ethiopia: 1962.
Travel to Morocco Morocco: 1976.
Travel to South Africa South Africa: 1996.
Travel to Sudan Sudan: 1970.
Travel to Tunisia Tunisia: 2004.

Africa Cup of Nations (African Nations Cup)

Africa Nations Cup

Travel to Sudan Sudan 1957 (Winner: Egypt)

Egypt beat Sudan in the semi-final while South Africa were disqualified because of apartheid and Ethiopia received a bye.

Egypt then beat Ethiopia in the final (4:0).

Travel to Egypt Egypt 1959 (Winner: Egypt)

The final tournament was a three country affair between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan; with Egypt beating Ethiopia (4:0) and Sudan (2:1).

Travel to Ethiopia Ethiopia 1962 (Winner: Ethiopia)

Egypt qualified as holders and Ethiopia qualified as hosts, with Tunisia and Uganda losing in the semi-finals.

In the final, Ethiopia beatEgypt (4:2 aet).

Travel to Ghana Ghana 1963 (Winner: Ghana)

In Ghana, we had two groups of three teams: Ethiopia, Ghana and Tunisia played in Accra; while Egypt, Nigeria and Sudan played in Kumasi.

Ghana beat Sudan in the final (3:0).

Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 1965 (Winner: Ghana)

Again two groups of three: Ethiopia, Senegal and Tunisia (winning on the toss of a coin) played in Tunis; while Congo-Léopoldville, Ghana and Ivory Coast played in Sousse, Sfax and Bizerte.

In the final, Ghana beat Tunisia (3:2 aet).

Travel to Ethiopia Ethiopia 1968 (Winner: Congo-Kinshasa)

The tournament returned to Ethiopia for a second time and increased to two groups of four teams: Algeria, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Uganda played in Addis-Ababa; while Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Ghana and Senegal  played in Asmara.

The top two teams advanced to the semi-finals; then Congo-Kinshasa beat Ghana in the final (1:0).

Travel to Sudan Sudan 1970 (Winner: Sudan)

Again two groups of four teams: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Sudan played in Khartoum; while Congo-Kinshasa, Egypt, Ghana and Guinea played in Wad Medani.

Sudan beat Ghana in the final (1:0).

Travel to Cameroon Cameroon 1972 (Winner: Congo)

Two groups of four teams: Cameroon, Kenya, Mali and Togo played in Yaoundé; while Congo (qualified by drawing of lots), Morocco, Sudan and Zaire played in Douala.

In the final, Congo beat Mali (3:2).

Travel to Egypt Egypt 1974 (Winner: Zaire)

Egypt staged the tournament for a second time but home advantage didn't help them in the semi-final.

Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Zambia played in Cairo and Mehalla Al-Qubra; while Congo, Guinea, Mauritius and Zaire played in Alexandria and Damanhour.

Zaire and Zambia drew the final (2:2 aet) but in the replay, two days later, Zaire beat Zambia (2:0).

Travel to Ethiopia Ethiopia 1976 (Winner: Morocco)

The tournament was held in Ethiopia for a third time but the hosts went out at the group stage.

Two groups of four: Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea and Uganda played in Addis-Ababa; while Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan and Zaire played in Diredawa.

The top two teams from each group entered a final group phase, with Morocco beating Nigeria and Egypt before drawing with Guinea to top the table.

Travel to Ghana Ghana 1978 (Winner: Ghana)

The final-phase round robin was dropped, for the semi-final knockout format previously used.

Two groups of four: Ghana, Nigeria, Upper Volta and Zambia played in Accra; while Congo, Morocco, Uganda and Tunisia played in Kumasi.

In the final, Ghana beat Uganda (2:0).

Travel to Nigeria Nigeria 1980 (Winner: Nigeria)

Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Tanzania played in Lagos, while Algeria, Ghana, Guinea and Morocco played in Ibadan.

In the final, Nigeria beat Algeria (3:0).

Travel to Libya Libya 1982 (Winner: Ghana)

Two groups of four: Libya, Ghana, Cameroon and Tunisia played in Tripoli; while Algeria, Zambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia played in Benghazi.

In the final, Ghana beat Libya on penalties (1:1 aet, 7-6 pens).

Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast 1984 (Winner: Cameroon)

Two groups of four: Egypt, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Togo played in Abidjan; while Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana and Malawi played in Bouaké.

In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria (3:1).

Travel to Egypt Egypt 1986 (Winner: Egypt)

Two groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mozambique played in Cairo; while Cameroon, Morocco, Algeria and Zambia played in Alexandria.

In the final, Egypt drew with Cameroon (0:0 aet) but won on penalties (5:4).

Travel to Morocco Morocco 1988 (Winner: Cameroon)

Morocco replaced original hosts Zambia and again it was two groups of four: Algeria (qualified by drawing lots), Ivory Coast, Morocco and Zaire played in Casablanca; while Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria played in Rabat.

In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria (1:0).

Travel to Algeria Algeria 1990 (Winner: Algeria)

Two groups of four: Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Nigeria played in Algiers; while Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal and Zambia played in Annaba.

In the final, Algeria beat Nigeria (1:0).

Travel to Senegal Senegal 1992 (Winner: Ivory Coast)

In Senegal, twelve teams now took part in the Africa Nations Cup and the format changed to four groups of three teams to accommodate them; with the top two from each group going on to the quarter-finals.

Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal; Cameroon, Morocco and Zaire; Algeria, Congo and Ivory Coast; Egypt, Ghana and Zambia.

In the final, Ivory Coast drew with Ghana (0:0 aet) but won after a lengthy penalty shoot-out (11:10).

Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 1994 (Winner: Nigeria)

Tunisia replaced original hosts Zaire and the format remained four groups of three: Mali, Tunisia and Zaire; Egypt, Gabon and Nigeria; Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Zambia; Ghana, Guinea and Senegal.

In the final, Nigeria beat Zambia (2:1).

Travel to South Africa South Africa 1996 (Winner: South Africa)

South Africa replaced Kenya as hosts. The format would have been four groups of four but Nigeria withdrew, so Group C only had three teams: Angola, Cameroon, , Egypt and South Africa; Algeria, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Zambia; Gabon, Liberia and Zaire; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Tunisia.

In the final, South Africa beat Tunisia (2:0).

Travel to Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 1998 (Winner: Egypt)

Four groups of four: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Guinea; Congo-Kinshasa, Ghana, Togo and Tunisia; Angola, Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa; Egypt, Morocco, Mozambique and Zambia.

In the final, Egypt beat South Africa (2:0).

Travel to Nigeria Travel to Ghana Nigeria/Ghana 2000 (Winner: Cameroon)

The hosting right was taken away from Zimbabwe, with Ghana and Nigeria then selected as hosts.

Four groups of four: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo; Algeria, Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon and South Africa; Burkina Faso, Egypt, Senegal and Zambia; Congo-Brazzaville, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.

In the final, Cameroon drew with Nigeria (2:2 aet) before winning on penalties (4:3).

Travel to Mali Mali 2002 (Winner: Cameroon)

Four groups of four: Algeria, Liberia, Mali and Nigeria; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Morocco and South Africa; Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Ivory Coast and Togo; Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia and Zambia.

In the final, Cameroon drew with Senegal (0:0 aet) then beat them on penalties (3:2).

Travel to Tunisia Tunisia 2004 (Winner: Tunisia)

Four groups of four: Congo-Kinshasa, Guinea, Rwanda and Tunisia; Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali and Senegal; Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt and Zimbabwe; Benin, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa.

In the final, Tunisia beat Morocco (2:1).

Travel to Egypt Egypt 2006 (Winner: Egypt)

Four groups of four: Egypt, Ivory Coast, Libya and Morocco; Angola, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa and Togo; Guinea, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia; Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

In the final, Egypt drew with Ivory Coast (0:0 aet) then won on penalties (4:2).

Travel to Ghana Ghana 2008 (Winner: Egypt)

16 teams, in four groups of four, contested the final rounds of the competition in Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale: Ghana, Guinea, Morocco and Namibia; Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Nigeria; Cameroon, Egypt, Sudan and Zambia; Angola, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia.

In the Accra final, Egypt beat Cameroon (1:0).

Travel to Angola Angola 2010 (Winner: Egypt)

The tournament got off to the worse possible start when the Togo team bus was shot at on entering Angola and the national team withdrew from the tournament.

Algeria, Angola, Malawi and Mali; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo (withdrew); Benin, Egypt, Mozambique and Nigeria; Cameroon, Gabon, Tunisia and Zambia.

In the final, Egypt beat Ghana (1:0).

Travel to Equatorial Guinea Travel to Gabon Equatorial Guinea and Gabon 2012

Bata and Malabo (Equatorial Guinea); Franceville and Libreville (Gabon).

The opening match, one semi-final and the third place match will be held in Equatorial Guinea while the other semi-final and the final will be held in Gabon.

2012 African Cup of Nations Qualifying

Group A:
Travel to Mali Mali, Travel to Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, Travel to Cape Verde Islands Cape Verde Islands, Travel to Liberia Liberia.

Group B:
Travel to Guinea Guinea, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Ethiopia Ethiopia, Travel to Madagascar Madagascar.

Group C:
Travel to Zambia Zambia, Travel to Libya Libya, Travel to Mozambique Mozambique, Travel to Comoro Islands Comoros Islands.

Group D:
Travel to Morocco Morocco, Travel to Central African Republic Central African Republic,  Travel to Tanzania Tanzania, Travel to Algeria Algeria.

Group E:
Travel to Senegal Senegal - Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) DR Congo, Travel to Mauritius Mauritius.

Group F:
Travel to Burkina Faso Burkina Faso, Travel to The Gambia Gambia, Travel to Namibia Namibia. Travel to Mauritania Mauritania withdrew.

Group G:
Travel to Niger Niger, Travel to South Africa South Africa, Travel to Sierra Leone Sierra Leone, Travel to Egypt Egypt.

Group H:
Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast, Travel to Burundi Burundi, Travel to Benin Benin, Travel to Rwanda Rwanda.

Group I:
Travel to Ghana Ghana, Travel to Sudan Sudan, Travel to Congo Congo, Travel to Swaziland Swaziland.

Group J:
Travel to Uganda Uganda, Travel to Angola Angola, Travel to Kenya Kenya, Travel to Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau.

Group K:
Travel to Botswana Botswana, Travel to Malawi Malawi, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia, Travel to Togo Togo, Travel to Chad Chad.

The 11 group winners qualify for the 2012 finals, to be co-hosted by Travel to Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea and Travel to Gabon Gabon who qualify automatically, along with three best second placed finishers.

Travel to Libya Libya 2013

Libya will host the tournament for the second time, as the Africa Cup of Nations changes to odd years in 2013.

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