Five Things You Never Knew About Africa Cup Of Nations

The 2019 AFCON Finals will be the 32nd edition of the tournament and will be held in Egypt.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations draw was made in Giza, Egypt on Friday. Zimbabwe has been placed in Group A with the hosts Egypt, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the Africa Cup Of Nations.

  1. Egypt will be hosts for a record fifth time. They previously staged the Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning three of those four tournaments and finishing third in the other.
  2. Only three countries, hosts Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, took part in the first tournament in February 1957 and there was no qualifying competition.
  3. The most successful country has been Egypt with seven titles followed by Cameroon (five ), Ghana (four), Nigeria ( three ) and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast ( two each).
  4. Cameroonian Samuel Eto ’o is the leading overall Cup of Nations scorer, notching 18 goals in six tournaments between 2000 and 2010.
  5. Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player at 44 years and 21 days to feature in the tournament when he faced Cameroon in the 2017 final in Libreville.

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