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The 5 most successful teams in AFCON history

With their class confirmed in Europe, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o have won glory with their home team many times continents.

5. Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria, Ivory Coast – 2 titles

DR Congo, Algeria and Ivory Coast have been crowned champions of the Africa Cup of Nations twice, with the first team winning the championship in 1968. DR Congo defeated Ghana 1-0 in the final held in Ethiopia.

Six years later, DR Congo regained the AFCON title, defeating Zambia in the final match of the tournament. Ndaye Mulamba scored nine goals at the 1974 tournament on his way to glory – a record that still stands at AFCON.

Algeria won its first AFCON title on home soil in 1990. After defeating Nigeria 5-1 in the group stage, Chérif Oudjani’s lone goal was the difference in the final. “The Greens” won their second AFCON championship in 2019, defeating Senegal 1-0. Riyad Mahrez scored an impressive stoppage-time goal in the semi-final against Nigeria, while former Arsenal academy star Ismael Bennacer was named Player of the Tournament.

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Didier Drogba’s influence on Ivory Coast extends beyond the field.

Ivory Coast needed a penalty victory to beat Ghana in the 1992 tournament, when the final penalty shootout ended in an 11-10 win for the “Elephants”. This was the first major tournament final in history to see every player on the field take a penalty kick. The Ivory Coast team won another AFCON title in 2015, again defeating Ghana on penalties.

4. Nigeria – 3 titles

“Super Eagle” is one of the most respected teams in Africa and won the AFCON in 1980, 1994 and 2013. At the same time, Nigeria became the first African team to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.

Nigeria’s most recent AFCON glory saw the country beat Bukina Faso 1-0 in the final in South Africa . Former West Ham United loan player Emmanuel Emenike is the top scorer of the tournament for Nigeria, with 5 goals.

3. Ghana – 4 titles

Ghana hopes to end a 42-year wait for success in this year’s tournament. The most recent of this country’s four titles was won in 1982.

Ghana was the dominant force in the first AFCON tournaments, winning two of the five finals following consecutive trophies in 1963 and 1965. The third crowning came in 1978 for the “Stars black” after defeating Uganda in the final. Four years later, the Ghana team successfully defended the throne. Two of Ghana’s successes at AFCON both came when the West African country hosted the tournament.

2. Cameroon – 5 titles

Cameroon is the nation with the most trophies in AFCON history in the 21st century, with 3 of the 5 titles coming since 2000. “The Lions indomitable” reached 3 consecutive finals in the 1980s and won the AFCON championship in 1984 and 1988. Cameroon defeated Nigeria in both final matches, while losing to Egypt in the 1986 final.

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Samuel Eto’o is the number one scorer in Cameroon history (114 goals).

The second golden generation in the history of the Cameroon national team appeared in the early 2000s. Samuel Eto’o led the attack, leading the home team to consecutive AFCON championships in 2000 and 2002, respectively. beat Nigeria and Senegal on penalties. Cameroon also reached the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003.

“The Indomitable Lions” won their fifth AFCON title in 2017. Vincent Aboubakar scored the decisive goal in the 88th minute as Cameroon came from behind to defeat Egypt in the final.

1. Egypt – 7 titles

The most successful team in AFCON history is Egypt, with the North African country a record seven times winning the continental tournament. Egypt has a history of success at the Africa Cup of Nations and became the first team to win three consecutive titles between 2006 and 2010.

The 2010 coronation is still the most recent victory of “The Pharaohs”. Within 13 years, Egypt finished second at AFCON 2017 and 2021. Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah will aim to win an AFCON title, after missed appointments with the trophy. The Egyptian legend scored 55 goals in 96 appearances for the national team.

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