Africa Cup of Nations, also called AFCON is the most prestigious football and soccer competition in Africa.
It is contested by national teams and is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The competition’s format has changed over time, with the number of teams increasing from 3 in 1957 to, after several expansions, 24 in 2019.
Growing participation also led to the introduction of qualifying rounds in 1968, the same year that CAF decided to hold the tournament biennially.
Egypt Africa Cup of Nations records confirm Egypt as the most decorated team in the history of the tournament. The Pharaohs have bagged the most prestigious title in African football record seven times.
Despite Cameroon’s impressive five wins in the continent’s premium tournament, Egypt Africa Cup of Nations records lead the way when it comes to Africa Cup of Nations glory with the ‘Pharaohs’ having lifted the trophy seven times.
With Cameroon winning back-to-back AFCON titles in 2000 and 2002, Egypt went one step further and made history by becoming the first ever country to win a hat-trick of consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles with victories in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Egypt has won Africa Cup of Nations seven times to their records and victories. Egypt has emerged victorious of the Africa Cup of Nations on seven occasions, including the first two editions in 1957 and 1959.
Three of their seven titles came at home (1959, 1986 and 2006), while they also achieved an unprecedented treble – 2006, 2008 and 2010.
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Egypt Africa Cup of Nations Records and Victories.
Egypt Africa Cup of Nations Records and Victories is the biggest record in the history of the tournament. Egypt have won it seven times, more than any other side. However, they have won none of the latest Afcon tournaments after winning each of the previous three (2006, 2008, 2010)
As the most successful nation in the cup’s history, winning the tournament seven times below are the Egypt Africa Cup of Nations records and victories of all time:
1. 1957 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament.
Egypt won the 1957 Africa Cup of Nations tournament with ease. The Africa Cup of Nations was first held in February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan, where Egypt defeated the host nation in the final to win the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy, named after its donor, an Egyptian who was the first CAF president.
2. 1959 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
Egypt also won the 1959 African Cup of Nations tournament which was the second edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF).
The Africa Cup of Nations was hosted and won by the United Arab Republic, a short-lived confederation between Egypt and Syria. Only three teams participated: host team United Arab Republic, Sudan and Ethiopia. All three matches took place in Cairo.
3. 1986 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
Once again as hosts, The Pharaohs won their third title at home in 1986. Despite starting the campaign with a shocking 1-0 defeat to Senegal, they topped Group A with identical 2-0 victories over Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique respectively.
In the semifinals, they needed a 1-0 win over Morocco to reach the ultimate game where they face Roger Milla’s Cameroon. A goalless draw meant the game was forced to a penalty shootout, where Egypt managed a 5-4 win to restore the title after 27 years.
4. 1998 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
According to Wikipedia, The 1998 African Cup of Nations hosted in Burkina Faso was the 21st edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the national football championship of Africa, administered by the Confederation of African Football. Just like in 1996, the field of sixteen teams was split into four groups of four.
Egypt was the most decorated team in 1998 Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs have bagged the most prestigious title in African football a record in the past and they did it again in 1998.
Ahmed Hassan and Tarek Mostafa scored two goals into the first 13 minutes against South Africa in the final as Egypt won its fourth AFCON trophy in 1998.
5. 2006 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
Egypt became the most successful side in African history, winning a record fifth African Cup of Nations with a penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast 2006.
The Pharaohs won their fifth AFCON title at home in 2006. An opening match 3-0 victory over Libya was followed by a goalless draw with Morocco.
Egypt finished Group A on top with a 3-1 victory over Cote d’Ivoire. In the quarterfinals, they proved too strong for DR Congo, defeating them 4-1. A hard fought 2-1 victory over Senegal sent The Pharaohs to the final, where they once again faced Didier Drogba’s Cote d’Ivoire.
As it was back in 1986 final, full time ended in a goalless draw, and penalty shootout 4-2 win gave Egypt the prestigious title for the fifth time.
This 2006 title turned out to be the first stepping stone in an incredible, history-making run by the Pharaohs, who went on to win the 2008 and 2010 editions of the tournament to make them the first team in history to do so.
6. 2008 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
The 2008 African Cup of Nations kicks off in Ghana with the hosts takes on Guinea for the first match of the tournament.
The Egyptian national football team became Africa Cup of Nations champions for the sixth time in the history of the competition by beating the national team of Cameroon 1-0 in the Ohene Djan Stadium, Ghana.
Mohamed Aboutreika scored the only goal in the game in the 77th minute after Cameroon failed to clear the ball from their area under a period of heavy attacking play.
Egypt’s victory closes the tournament, the 26th occasion the trophy has been contested, which began on 20 January 2008 and was hosted by Ghana. Ghana’s national team came third overall with Côte d’Ivoire taking fourth place in the final standings.
7. 2010 African Cup of Nations Tournament.
The 2010 African Cup of Nations is the Egypt’s seventh title. The African Cup Of Nations is the main international football competition in Africa.
In the years since the competition was founded in 1957, Egypt has been the most successful nation in the tournament, seven time AFCON Winners, including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
But The Pharaohs have not won the tournament since then and will look to change that in the ongoing and coming tournament.