AFCON: 8 Countries That Have Never Won a Game at the Tournament as Namibia Secures First Win

AFCON: 8 Countries That Have Never Won a Game at the Tournament as Namibia Secures First Win

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • A number of African countries have never tasted victory at the AFCON
  • Namibia became the latest team to escape the matrix on Tuesday
  • The South African nation silenced Tunisia 1-0 in their opening game

Namibia made history in the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday, January 16, when they secured their first-ever win in the tournament.

The South African nation is in Group E of the 2023 edition of the continental showpiece.

The Collin Benjamin-tutored side kicked off their group-stage campaign against giants Tunisia, stunning the Carthage Eagles, 1-0.

Namibian players celebrate their victory after the Africa Cup of Nations 2024 Group E football match against Tunisia.
Players of Namibia celebrate their victory after the Africa Cup of Nations 2024 Group E football match between Tunisia and Namibia. Photo by Haykel Hmima.
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Deon Kavendji was Namibia's match hero, with the midfielder scoring the winner in the 88th minute of the match.

According to Goal, the victory was Namibia's first in the tournament, having managed just two draws and seven losses in their previous appearances.

Having escaped the matrix, there are now as many as eight African countries who have also never tasted victory in the AFCON.

Sports Brief takes a look at the teams that have never won a game in the tournament.

1. Eritrea

Eritrea is among a few countries that have never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The country's limited football infrastructure has had an impact on their lack of participation in the tournament.

2. South Sudan

Like Eritrea, the youngest African country has also never qualified for the AFCON.

3. Madagascar

The island nation made its first AFCON appearance in 2019.

While they put on a spirited performance at the time, they could not secure a win.

They drew once and lost twice to exit in the group stages.

4. Comoros

Comoros made their AFCON debut during the 2021 edition of the tournament.

The Coelacanths lost all their matches at the time.

5. Seychelles

While the Seychellois have participated in the AFCON qualifiers, they have never reached the finals.

6. Liberia

The west African nation has qualified for the AFCON on four occasions.

However, they have not progressed past the group stages.

7. Mauritania

Mauritania is still searching for their first official AFCON victory in the crucial knockout phase.

The team has previously drawn three times in the competition but is yet to taste victory.

They lost 1-0 in their opening game against Burkina Faso.

8. The Gambia

And finally, on this list is The Gambia.

The Scorpions participated in the 2021 AFCON but failed to secure their first win.

However, they will be hoping to do that during the ongoing 2023 edition of the tournament.

The Scorpions kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win against holders, Senegal, and will be hoping to make amends in their second Group C clash against Guinea.

BBC reports that this was Senegal's fourth win of a five-game unbeaten run.

Senegal arrives for AFCON in style

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on the Senegalese national team arriving in Ivory Coast in crisp style ahead of the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations title.

Led by Al-Nassr star, Sadio Mane, the team touched down in Abidjan in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The AFCON title holders will immediately travel to Yamoussoukro, where they will be based for all of their Group C matches.

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