Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015

CAN 2015

Afcon 2015, Official Logo

The 2015 African Cup of Nations is the 30th edition of the tournament and is being held in Equatorial Guinea (17 January to 8 February). Morocco was the initial host of the tournament but refused to host at the planned dates because of the Ebola Virus breakout in West Africa.

Opening ceremony AFCON 2015

Opening ceremony AFCON 2015

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (C), CAF president Issa Hayatou (R) and Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso (L) ahead of the opening match btw Equatorial Guinea and Congo at Bata Stadium.

Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (C), CAF president Issa Hayatou (R) and Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso (L) ahead of the opening match btw Equatorial Guinea and Congo at Bata Stadium.

Short History
Africa’s main elite football tournament, the African cups of nations, officially CAN (Coupe d’Afrique des Nations), also referred to as AFCON, was first held in 1957, with only three teams participating – Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. CAN’s sanctioning body is the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Since 1968, the competition takes place every 2 years.

The number of participating countries in the final tournament is 16, after having gone through a qualifying stage.

American hip hop and R&B singer Akon performs at the opening ceremony of the Afcon

American hip hop and R&B singer Akon performs at the opening ceremony of the Afcon 2015

14 Nations have won the tournament since its creation, with Egypt having the most wins, a record 7 championship titles. Ghana and Cameroon have won 4 titles each, Nigeria 3 and the DR Congo 2. Single title holders are Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Congo, Zambia, Algeria, Sudan, South Africa, Morocco and Zambia.

Trophy

Trophy

Trophy
There have been 3 different trophies awarded to the winners throughout the competition. The Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy, named after the first CAF president, Egyptian Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem, was handed permanently to Ghana in 1978 as the first 3 times winner of the tournament. The second trophy, the Trophy of African Unity or African Unity Cup, was handed permanently to Cameroon after they became 3 times champions in 2000. In 2001, a new gold-plated trophy was revealed. Cameroon was the first nation to be awarded this trophy after they won in 2002. Unlike previous winners who took the trophy home permanently, Egypt was presented with a special full size replica after winning three consecutive titles with their 2010 win.

As of 2013, the tournament was switched to being held in odd-numbered years so as not to clash with the FIFA World Cup

Participating Nations

Participating Nations Afcon 2015, Group stage

AFCON 2015
AFCON 2015 is taking place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January to 8 February. 16 Nations are partaking in this event, divided into four different groups. The host country Equatorial Guinea, saw a draw on the first day of the event against Congo (1:1) in a packed full stadium of enthusiastic football fans. Equatorial Guinea captain Emilio Nsue (R) Lopez scored the tournament’s first goal in the 16th minute then had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half. The Congo struck through Thievy Bifouma in the 87th minute to force a 1-1 draw. The 2nd game, Burkina Faso vs. Gabon ended in a 0:2 win for Gabon, with Dortmund’s Aubameyang scoring the leading goal in the 19th minute. Day 2 of play saw only draws between Zambia vs D.R. Congo (1:1) and between Tunisia vs Cape Verde (1:1)

Equatorial Guinea captain Emilio Nsue (R) Lopez celebrating goal.

Equatorial Guinea captain Emilio Nsue (R) Lopez celebrating goal, Afcon 2015

Aubemeyang celebrating goal AFCON 2015

Aubemeyang celebrating goal AFCON 2015

Group C and D will be playing on the 19th and 20th respectively.

Equatorial Guinea fans enjoying the festivities at Bata Stadium during the opening ceremony.

Equatorial Guinea fans enjoying the festivities at Bata Stadium during the opening ceremony.

Keep coming for a daily summary of all the matches.

Equatorial Guinea fans enjoying the festivities at during the opening ceremony

Equatorial Guinea fans enjoying the festivities at during the opening ceremony

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Posted on January 18, 2015, in Sports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Brilliant historical perspective on the African cup of Nations. Kodus my dear friend.
    So who do you think will win this years edition of the AFCON?

    It is worth mentioning that despite being winner of the last edition of the AFCON, Nigeria failed to qualify for this year’s edition.

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    • Very good point Terence. I had that in mind actually, but it slipped the mind while writing. Thank you for your very smart observance.
      Who will win? How will i know. I am not your favorite prophet oh haha.. Camer of course 🙂

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