These 8 Africa Cup of Nations Hosts Have Won the Tournament

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Ivory Coast beat Nigeria to win their third Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in a pulsating match at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan. The Elephants came from behind after Nigeria’s Troost Ekong scored in the first half. They become yet another host nation to win the tournament. In this article, we list other countries that have won AFCON on home soil.

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Algeria

Algeria wins the Africa Cup of Nations. Video Credit: The Guardian

Algeria is a two-time winner of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) twice. In 1990, they won their first as hosts and the second came in 2019. The Atlas Lions are now one of the best nations and are always expected to do well. In the 2023 edition, they crashed out in the group stage. 

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Ghana

These 8 Africa Cup of Nations Hosts Have Won the Tournament
Ghana Football Team. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-SA-4.0

The Black Stars of Ghana had a disastrous exit at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They finished third in their group, a result that led to the sacking of Chris Houghton. A lot is expected from the team but have failed to live up to the expectations.  

That said, they hosted the competition four times, in 1963, 1978, 2000 and 2008, and clinched it twice in front of their home fans in 1963 and 1978.

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Egypt

These 8 Africa Cup of Nations Hosts Have Won the Tournament
Egypt national football team. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-SA-4.0

Egypt is the most successful nation in the Africa Cup of Nations with seven titles. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded them hosting rights five times. Out of that, they’ve been winners three times at home, in 1959, 1986 and 2006. 

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Ethiopia

Ethiopian fans support the team at AFCON. Video Credit: SABC News

We don’t hear a lot about Ethiopia when it comes to football, but they were once a powerful nation in the game. They have hosted the competition three times – 1962, 1968 and 1976 – but only won it once, in 1962. They beat the United Arab Republic 4-2 but since then, the country has faded on the continental stage. 

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Nigeria

These 8 Africa Cup of Nations Hosts Have Won the Tournament
Nigerian football team. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-SA-3.0

The Super Eagles were the finalists of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They took the lead in the first half but conceded two goals in the second half to lose the final. That said, they’ve hosted the event twice, in 1980 and 2000, but only won it once on home soil. Nigeria defeated Algeria.

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South Africa

Highlights of Bafana Bafana’s AFCON game. Video Credit: SABC News

South Africa came close to reaching the final in 2023 but was defeated by Nigeria in the semi-finals. They have hosted the tournament three times, in 1996, 2013 and 2022. The only time they won it as hosts was in 1996 when they beat Tunisia. This was also their first title.

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Sudan

Sudan last played in the AFCON in 2021. They used to be one of the big nations in the game, hosting the event twice, in 1957 and 1970. They won the tournament in the latter year and it remains their only title. Additionally, the team’s influence has waned over the years due to political instability.

Tunisia

These 8 Africa Cup of Nations Hosts Have Won the Tournament
Tunisia Football Team. Source: Wikimedia licensed by CC-BY-2.0 

Tunisia is another country that won the Africa Cup of Nations as host. The event was played in their country in 1965, 1994 and 2004, which was the last time they hosted it and won the event. This is their only AFCON win to date.

These are the countries that have hosted and won the Africa Cup of Nations as hosts. It’s not an easy thing to do because of pressure but when the team manages to pull off such a feat, it’s a memorable and remarkable achievement. 

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