Africa Cup Of Nations


Africa Cup Of Nations 2023

Africa Cup Of Nations 2023

The most prestigious soccer (football) tournament in Africa is the Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the African Cup of Nations and the African Nations Cup. National teams compete in it, and the Confédération Africaine de Football organizes it (CAF). The format of the competition has altered throughout time, and there are now 24 teams instead of the original 3 in 1957 (after multiple expansions). In 1968, the same year that CAF chose to organize the competition every two years, increasing participation also resulted in the introduction of qualification rounds.

The first Africa Cup of Nations was contested in Khartoum, Sudan, in February 1957. Egypt won the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy—named for its benefactor, an Egyptian who served as the first CAF president—by defeating the host country in the championship match. When Ghana won the competition three times in 1978, it became the first nation to get the trophy on a permanent basis. When Cameroon won its third championship since 1978 in 2000, the African Unity Cup trophy was officially presented to them. The Cup of Nations, a brand-new trophy, was established in 2002.

The contest acted as a platform for African players' abilities. African fans were captivated by the tournament's offensive, entertaining style of play in the 1950s and 1960s, and European talent scouts, agents, and journalists were drawn to it. The cup attained significant worldwide significance under the direction of Ethiopian Ydnekachew Tessema, who served as CAF president from 1972 until his passing in 1987. In 1980, professionalism was permitted, and in 1984, corporate sponsorships were welcomed. Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon, who holds the record for the most goals scored in a Cup of Nations career (18), and Ivorian striker Laurent Pokou, who scored five goals in a 6-1 victory over Ethiopia in 1970, are two of the tournament's finest players.

Winner Africa Cup

2015Ivory CoastIvory CoastIvory CoastIvory Coast
1996South AfricaSouth AfricaSouth AfricaSouth Africa
1992Ivory CoastIvory CoastIvory CoastIvory Coast
1974Congo DRCongo DRCongo DRCongo DR
1968Congo DRCongo DRCongo DRCongo DR

Africa Cup of Nations  2023

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which was originally slated to take place in June in Ivory Coast, has been postponed, according to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and will now take place in January 2024. Because the timing of the continental competition conflicts with the obligations of many players in Europe, it is anticipated that the CAF postponement will spark a new issue.

The beginning of the Nations Cup will be delayed by six months, until January 2024, according to a statement made on Sunday by Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe. Ivory Coast was slated to host the Nations Cup in June of the following year.

The launch of the African Super League competition for the upcoming season was also announced by Motsebe during the CAF conference in Morocco; further information will be made public on August 10th.

After the date of the continental competition interfered with the obligations of many players in Europe, the postponing of the Nations Cup is anticipated to spark a new dispute.

Rainy season warning

It led to the competition's start date—which will stay the same in Ivory Coast—being postponed due to concerns about the weather in West Africa in the middle of the year.

"Following extensive guidance, we opted against taking any chances. We didn't want to run the danger of seeing our strongest rival shrivel up "At a press conference, Motsebe spoke.

After initially warning of the rainy season when announcing the commencement of the Nations Cup in mid-2023, the CAF president remained silent for a considerable amount of time before making such a decision. Prior to that, CAF made the decision to move the Nations Cup's start date to the middle of the year in 2019 in order to prevent a conflict between clubs and teams over the most well-known players.

However, the decision to host the final edition in Cameroon in January due to concerns about the weather and the Corona virus pandemic prompted further complaints from European clubs about allowing their players to join the African teams in the middle of the season. We have no other option, although January is not the best time because European clubs do not want to send their players, said Motsebe.

In order to give the five African World Cup qualifiers time to arrange friendlies against teams from other continents before competing in Qatar, Motsebe suggested that CAF may now be able to postpone the Nations Cup qualifiers from September.

Motsebe declared, "We want to do whatever we can to help our national teams that are heading to Qatar.

The Super League would not replace the African Champions League, the CAF president insisted while declining to provide any other information. The new competition will be introduced during the CAF summit in Tanzania in August of next year, according to Mutsebe.