The final game of the 32nd edition of the continent’s biggest sporting event, the African Cup of Nations, is upon us.
This year’s edition Of the Cup of Nations featured a new 24-team format,the 4th different format used in the 62-year biennial event.
After 22 teams have been knocked out after 51 games, we are down to the last two teams standing. Competing for the first trophy in the all new format.
With Algeria and Senegal looking to write history in Today’s final ,we take a trip back into history to see the top 10 most successful teams in the continental competition.
10.Algeria (1 title)
Rabah Madjer led this year’s finalists to their only title in 1990. The success of the 1990 squad did a great deal in putting to bed the disappointment of 1980. They will be looking to add a second title later tonight.
9.Sudan (1 title)
Being one of the pioneers of the competition, Sudan failed to win the earlier editions but finally got their hands on the title in 1970. Their performance has been disappointing since but the victory of 1970 is still one held in high regard.
8. Tunisia(1 title)
After being losing finalists in 1965(when they hosted it) and 1996, Tunisia showed clear grit and determination to clinched the much coveted trophy in 2004 when they hosted it again. Led by Jaziri and Frencieulido Dos Santos, the Carthage Eagles finally made their mark on the continental stage.
7. Zambia (1 title)
After tragedy befell the golden generation, Zambian football struggled to pick up for some years. Finally, 20 years later , a penalty shootout win against Ivory Coast gave Felix Katongo and his boys the all important trophy.
6. DR.Congo (2 titles)
Congo have won the AFCON twice. In 1968 and 1974. In recent times, their most impressive performance has been in the 2015 edition where they finished 3rd
5. Ivory Coast(2 titles)
The Elephants of La Cotê D’Ivoire(Ivory Coast) defeated Ghana twice on penalties in 1992 and 2015 to win their two titles. Also losing finalists in 2006 and 2012, the Ivorians have been giants on the continental stage.
4. Nigeria(3 titles)
The Super Eagles won their first title when they hosted it in 1980. They have since added two more titles with the Late Stephen Keshi, first being captain in 1994 before coaching the class of 2013 to the ultimate. They also have to their name, 4 more final appearances along with 8 third place finishes, making them one of the most successful teams in AFCON history.
3. Ghana (4 titles)
The Black Stars of Ghana have an enviable record on the continental stage. Winning their first trophies in the 60’s, in 1965 and 1968, being led by the legend CK Gyamfi.
They lost the 1968 and 1970 final, making them the first and only nation to make 4 consecutive final appearances. In 1978, they won the tournament for the third time and got to keep the trophy. One more title was added in 1982 but since then, it has been near misses and 3 final losses as the Stars still search for that 5th title, 37 years later.
2. Cameroon(5 titles)
Cameroon exerted a level of dominance by reaching 3 consecutive finals in the mid 80s ,winning their first title in 1984 and then another in 1988 after losing the 1986 final. They added two more titles in 2000 and 2002. The indomitable Lions also won the title in 2017, giving them a total of 5 titles.
1. Egypt ( 7 titles)
They have been by far the most successful nation in the competition. In 2010, Egypt won their third title in succession, making them the only nation to achieve that feat. That title was also their record 7th title. Egypt have dominated the competition from the genesis. Winning the first edition in 1957 and two more before the 80s. They have produced several cult heroes and boast of some of the greatest squads the continent has ever seen. Their seven titles in 9 Cup of Nations finals makes them the greatest team in the competition.
At 7pm today, two teams will look to clinch the the greatest price on the continent. Will it be Algeria or Senegal? We will find out if Algeria strengthen their claim or Senegal will join this illustrious list.