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The African Cup of Nations is the most prestigious football tournament in Africa. Also called the African Nations Cup (ANC), the competition is conducted under the aegis of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The latest edition of the Cup of Nations is to be held in Angola and kicks off on January 10th 2010.
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History

 

The African Cup of Nations was first held in 1957 when just three teams in the form of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia participated in the contest. It was hoped that South Africa would be the fourth team to join the live African Nations Cup that year, but apartheid policies meant that the country was barred from all competitions.

 

However it was in 1956, that the Confederation of African Football was envisaged at the third FIFA congress. The formation of the CAF led to the conception of the live African Cup of Nations, which was held in February 1957 in Sudan. No format was followed and since there were only three teams Ethiopia received a bye and were granted the final ticket.

Egypt made it to the finals by beating Sudan and also overcame Ethiopia to be crowned the Champions of Africa for the first time. 1957 was indeed a turning point in the history of football in Africa.

 

In 1959, Egypt hosted the ANC with the same three teams as participating nations. The host nation clinched this cup as well, only this time Sudan was the other finalist.

 

In 1962, the field of teams was expanded and nine nations began competing in African Nations Cup. This time the hosts were Ethiopia and the tournament was held in Addis Ababa. As hosts and defending champions respectively, Ethiopia and Egypt earned automatic berths.

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In the 1962 finals, Egypt met Ethiopia. The former had overcome Nigeria in the semi finals, while the hosts had disposed off Tunisia. This time though, the luck turned against Egypt and they went down to Ethiopia in the finals.

 

From 1968, the African Cup of Nations has been held every two years. The number of participating nations has also swelled up so much so that a qualifying tournament is held before 16 teams are chosen to compete in the final tournament. The participating teams were divided into two groups of four to play a qualifying format. The top two teams from each group progressed to the semifinals. This format was in place till 1992.

 

The 1970s was the decade when African football came of age - literally and figuratively. For in these years six different nations were crowned African champions. Sudan, Congo-Brazzaville, Zaire, Morocco, Ghana, and Nigeria all tasted success during this decade.

 

Zaire have the distinction of having played in the only final that was replayed. In 1974, the team was involved in a 2-2 draw with Zambia. Two days later Zaire won the replay 2-0. This was Zaire's second success at the ANC as they had won their maiden Cup of Nations as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

Recent Winners....And Losers

 

In the 1980s and early 1990s African football changed in dimension as plenty of talent came forth. Nations like Ghana and Cameroon cut their teeth during these two decades. Ghana in particular stamped its authority on African football. In 1982, Ghana won its fourth African Nations Cup.

Meanwhile Cameroon clinched its first title in 1984. In 1986, the side went down to Egypt who made their first appearance since 1962. In 1988 Cameroon again made it to the finals and won their second title in six years.

The 1992 African Cup of Nations was unique in that 12 teams participated and were divided into four groups of three each. The top two from each group went on to play the quarter finals.Cote d’Ivoire won this competition defeating Ghana in the finals.

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In 1996 South Africa made their first appearance in the tournament following the end of apartheid policies in the country. It was in 1996 that the number of participating teams was expanded to 16; a format which continues to date.

 

South African captain Neil Tovey got the distinction of being the first white player to hold aloft the African Nations Cup in that year. Ghana and Nigeria became the joint hosts of the 200 edition which was won by Cameroon. Known as the Indomitable Lions, Cameroon successfully defended their title in 2002, thus becoming the first country to win successive titles in the new millennium.

 

The 2004 edition of the tournament was held in Tunisia and the host nation did not disappoint its home crowd and ended up lifting the trophy for the first time in its history. Egypt became the first nation to win the trophy five times after a thrilling final that saw them beat Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties. It was the third time that Egypt had lifted the trophy in front of its home fans and the Pharaohs repeated the performance during the 2008 edition, with Mohamed Aboutrika scoring the winning goal for Egypt against Cameroon in the final.

 

Egypt will be looking to become the first nation to win the tournament for the third time in a row. However the Pharaohs can expect some tough challenge from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon who will all be looking to go into the World Cup this summer on a high.

 

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Key Players

 

Chelsea striker Didiger Drogba is one of the best known faces from the African continent and will be the key for Ivory Coast's fortunes in the tournament. Michael Essien on the other hand will be looking to get one up on his club teammate by leading Ghana to its first African Cup of Nations trophy in more than 25 years.

 

Other well known faces include Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari, who also plays for Ghana and South African midfielder Steven Pienaar who is one of the key players for English club Everton.

Didier Drogba Michael Essien
Sulley Muntari Steven Pienaar

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Group A

 

 

Angola v Mali

10/01/10

4-4

Malawi v Algeria

11/01/10

3-0

Mali v Algeria

14/01/10

0-1

Angola v Malawi

14/01/10

2-0

Angola v Algeria

18/01/10

0-0

Mali v Malawi

18/01/10

3-1


Group B

 

 

Cote D'Ivoire v B Faso

11/01/10

0-0

Ghana v Togo

11/01/10

NA

B Faso v Togo

15/01/10

NA

Cote D'Ivoire v Ghana

15/01/10

3-1

B Faso v Ghana

19/01/10

0-1

Cote D'Ivoire v Togo

19/01/10

NA
   

Group C

 

 

Egypt v Nigeria

12/01/10

3-1

Mozambique v Benin

12/01/10

2-2

Nigeria v Benin

16/01/10

1-0

Egypt v Mozambique

16/01/10

2-0

Egypt v Benin

20/01/10

2-0

Nigeria v Mozambique

20/01/10

3-0


Group D

 

 

Cameroon v Gabon

13/01/10

0-1

Zambia v Tunisia

13/01/10

1-1

Gabon v Tunisia

17/01/10

0-0

Cameroon v Zambia

17/01/10

3-2

Gabon v Zambia

21/01/10

1-2

Cameroon v Tunisia

21/01/10

2-2




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