African Nations Cup: Thirty-two editions of CAN with Angola brand

African Nations Cup: Thirty-two editions of CAN with Angola brand

The African Cup of Nations (CAN) is the main competition for national teams, organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Angola is part of the range of countries that have hosted the finals of this event.

Held since the distant year of 1957, there are already 62 years. The 32nd edition is being held from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt, with the 27th being held from 10 to 31 January 2010 in Angola.

The 2010 event was unveiled in four provinces, which led to the construction of 11 November stadiums in Luanda (50,000 spectators), Ombaka (Benguela – 35,000), Chiazi (Cabinda – 20,000) and Tundavala (Huíla – 20 thousand).

In this edition, considered exemplary by CAF, the Palancas Negras were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Ghana (0-1), after finishing in the top position of group stage (A) with five points.

However, history records that the first edition, in 1957, in Sudan, counted on only three countries, without the dispute of no qualifying phase, as it happens at the moment. Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia took part, with the Egyptians snatching the trophy after a 4-0 victory over the Ethiopians and a 2-1 victory over Sudan.

The second took place in 1959, with the same actors. Egypt again won, now as hostess.

In 1962, it was Ethiopia's turn to organize, with the integration of Tunisia and Uganda, but without Sudan. Again, the house factor was decisive for consecration.

The event organized by the Ethiopians marked the introduction of the qualifying tournament to the final phase of the World Cup, but the periodicity was not yet uniform.

A year later, Ghana hosted the 4th event, with the participation of six teams divided into two groups. The Ghanaians stayed in A with Ethiopia and Tunisia. In B have been Sudan, Egypt and Nigeria. Ghana were the winners, defeating Sudan 3-0 in the final.

The defending champion repeated the feat in 1965, beating the organizers (Tunisia) 3-2.

Since that time, the tournament has gained stability and, since 1968, has been held bi-annually and the participation of eight teams, until 1990.

From 1992 to 1994 the number grew to 12 competitors and, in 1996, to 15. From there until the last championship (2017) the event had 16 teams, but with the particular of playing in the odd years since 2013.

Egypt is the country with the highest number of wins, seven (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010) and has hosted the event four times in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Cameroon, who organized the competition only once (1972), won five trophies (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017), followed by Ghana with four titles (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982). This country also organized four times (1963, 1978, 2008. Before, in 2000, it was co-organizer with Nigeria).

Nigeria raised the cup on three occasions (1980, 1994, 2013) and received the competition in 1980 and 2000.

Côte d'Ivoire (1992, 2015) and the DRC (1968, 1974) have a two-time title, with only the Ivorians organizing the event in 1984.

The other teams that have already won CAN are: Zambia (2012), Tunisia (2004), Sudan (1970), Algeria (1990), Ethiopia (1962), Morocco (1976), South Africa (1996) and Congo Brazzaville 1972).

The Ethiopians hosted the continental competition in 1962, 1968, 1976, the Tunisians in 1965, 1994, 2004, Sudan in 1957, 1970, South Africa in 1996, 2013, Gabon in 2012, 2017 and Equatorial Guinea in 2012 , 2015. These last two countries co-organized in 2012.

Angola (2010), Libya (1982), Morocco (1988), Algeria (1990), Senegal (1992), Burkina Faso (1998) and Mali (2002) are other countries that have also hosted the humanity.

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