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Remembering Egypt’s Best Historical Moments at the African Cup of Nations

Remembering Egypt’s Best Historical Moments at the African Cup of Nations

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to begin on 21 June in Egypt for the first time since 2006, with the opening match to be between Egypt and Zimbabwe.

Egypt previously hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, and claimed seven AFCON victories.

Here is a look back at Egypt’s record seven championship victories during the African Cup of Nations.

1957: EGYPT VS ETHIOPIA (4-0)

The 1957 Africa Cup of Nations was the first edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, with only three participating countries including Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. The football championship of Africa (CAF), and was hosted by Sudan.

Egypt beat Ethiopia 4−0 in the final with all four goals scored by El-Diba, who finished the tournament as top scorer with five goals.

1959: EGYPT VS SUDAN (2-1)

The 1959 Africa Cup of Nations was the second edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and was hosted and won by the United Arab Republic, a short-lived confederation between Egypt and Syria. Only three teams participated: host team United Arab Republic, Sudan and Ethiopia.

United Arab Republic beat Sudan 2−1 in the final match.

1986: EGYPT VS CAMERON (0-0) Pen (5-4)

The 1986 Africa Cup of Nations was the 15th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. Egypt beat out Cameroon in Cairo in the final to win the third title of the African Cup of Nations.

Photo From: Onze, Issue 124, April 1986
(March 7, 1986, African Nations Cup, Egypt 0-Senegal 1)

1998: (EGYPT VS SOUTH AFRICA) (2-0)

The 1998 Africa Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso was the 21st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (ACN). Egypt won its fourth ACN championship, beating South Africa in the final 2−0.

1998 AFCON Egypt African Champions

2006: (EGYPT VS IVORY COAST) Egypt 0-0 Ivory Coast (4-2 pen)

The 2006 Africa Cup of Nations was the 25th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and hosted by Egypt. Egypt was recorded fifth title by defeating Ivory Coast in the final through penalties 4-2 to become champions of Africa.

2008: (EGYPT VS CAMERON) 1-0

The 2008 Africa Cup of Nations was staged at four venues around Ghana between 20 January and 10 February 2008.

Egypt earned the title after winning over Cameron 1-0 in the 77th minute by legend Aboutrika.

 

2010: (EGYPT VS GHANA) 1-0

Egypt recorded a victory by footballer Gedo who scored in the 85th minute in the tournament, winning all the group matches.

No other nation in the history of the tournaments was able to break the record Egypt has of seven title wins so far.

Egypt’s goalie Essam El Hadary and team mate Mohamed Zidan sit atop the goalposts in celebration after winning the African Cup of Nations final against Ghana in Luanda January 31, 2010. (Reuters)

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