The African Cup of Nations in Numbers

Africa's Premier Tournament kicks off in a few days and excitement is building up throughout the continent. As part of the buildup to the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa, here are some interesting numbers and statistics from the African Cup of Nations.

Nigeria has never lost a bronze medal match in the Nations Cup

Ghana are still looking for that elusive 5th title having  not  won the African Cup of Nations trophy  since winning their 4th title in 1982

No African coach has ever won the Championship while coaching another African Nation.

No non-hosting debutant has ever won the championship

Cape Verde is the only team making its debut at this year’s tournament, making 2013 the year with the fewest debutants with at least 2 having been present at past editions

The national team of Niger has a single goal in the tournament scored in 2012

Mike Smith is the only non Egyptian coach to have won the African Cup of Nations with the Pharaohs of Egypt

Brazilian Otto Gloria who won with Nigeria in 1980 is the only non European foreign coach to win the African Cup of Nations

Burkina Faso (1998) are the only team to have entered the semi final but have never played in the final

Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt  is the only person to have won the Cup  as a player (1959)  and coach  ( 1998)

Only 3 teams Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan participated in the first edition of the African Cup of Nations in 1957

No Camerounian coach has ever won the Competiton yet the Indomitable Lions have won the tournament 4 times making them the Highest Number of Competition wins without a national in charge

Ghana has the highest number of trophies of all the  teams participating in this year’s tournament with 4 (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982)

10 of the participants in this year’s tournament have won the tournament at least once

Nigeria  have played in the last four of the competition 13 times but have only managed to win the Cup 2 times (1980, 1994), the record of Highest number  of Semi Finals entered with fewest Cup wins.  Congo DR on the other hand have only entered the semi finals 4 times yet they have won 2 titles.

African coaches have enjoyed success at the competition winning 14 out of the 28 editions that have been held so far.  

Camerounian striker Samuel Etoo  has scored 16 goals at the tournament making him the All Time Leading Goal Scorer, but the former Barcelona and Inter striker will not have a chance to add to that tally this year as his team were knocked out in the qualifiers by Cape Verde.

Chiva Star Nzighou (Gabon) at 16 years, two months, 30 days appeared at the 2000 finals making him Youngest ever player at the tournament

Perennial Underachievers  Ivory Coast have played in the tournament  20 times but have only one Cup win (1992) to show for their efforts. This stands as the record of Highest Number of Tournaments entered with fewest Cup wins

Seven time champions Egypt won their second title in 1959 it however took them another 27 years (1986) before they managed to win their third title, which makes the record as the Longest Interval between titles

Another Camerounian also holds the African  Nations’ Cup appearance record.  Former Liverpool and Metz defender  Rigobert Song played 36 games at 8 tournaments between 1996 and 2010

Of the 53 countries in Africa, 37  have participated in at least one edition of the African Cup of Nations 

Even though 2013 hosts the Republic of South Africa is a founding member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)  they could not participate in the African Cup of Nations for 39 years due to the Apartheid  regime, they were finally allowed to participate in the 1996 competition, which they hosted and won

99 goals were  scored in  Ghana in 2008 the highest number of goals scored in a single tournament. the  highest number in by a single Individual in one tournament is 9  scored by Ndaye Mulamba of DR Congo in 1974. Ivorian Laurent Pokou hold the record of the Highest number of goals by an individual in one match with 5 scored against Ethiopia in 1970

Egypt have scored the most goals in theAfrican Nations Cup  with 154

The 1000th goal of the African Cup of Nations was scored by Nigerian Austin Okocha in 2004

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