Egypt, Cameroon and Other Nations With Most AFCON Titles After Ivory Coast Beat Nigeria

Egypt, Cameroon and Other Nations With Most AFCON Titles After Ivory Coast Beat Nigeria

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 12, 2024 at 9:38 AM
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  • Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 2-1 to win their third AFCON title
  • The Elephants tied the Super Eagles with three trophies each
  • Egypt remains at the top of the chart with seven continent titles

Host Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria 2-1 in 90 minutes to win their third Africa Cup of Nations, tying their opponent, who were looking to win their fourth.

The Elephants came from behind through Franck Kessie and Sebastian Haller after captain William Troost-Ekong Ekong had put the visitors ahead in the first half.

Simon Adingra, Seko Fofana, Serge Aurier, Franck Kessie, Sebastian Haller, Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara Stadium.
Ivory Coast players lift the AFCON trophy after beating Nigeria 2-1. Photo by Fareed Kotb.
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Sports Brief looks at the top five countries with the most titles after the 34th edition ended yesterday.

Countries with most AFCON titles

1. Egypt

The Pharaohs of Egypt are clear at the top of the chart, with seven trophies. They won the first tournament in 1957 and their last in 2010 – the last of three consecutive titles. Per Premium Times, they went 21 games unbeaten in the tournament between 2006 to 2010.

2. Cameroon

The Indomitable Lions have won the competition five times, most recently in 2017, defeating Egypt in the final. The legendary Samuel Eto'o led the country to two consecutive titles in 2000 and 2002 but lost the 2008 final to Egypt.

3. Ghana

The Black Stars have been champions of Africa four times, the last of which came in 1982. The country formerly named Gold Coast have not touched the African gold since the competition moved on from an eight-team tournament and are yet to pick up a win in the last three editions.

4. Nigeria, Ivory Coast

The 34th edition finalists have won the tournament three times apiece. The Super Eagles had the chance to tie their neighbours Ghana but fluffed, allowing the Elephants to catch up with them. Per Khel Now, Nigeria have lost five finals, the same as their rivals Ghana.

5. Algeria, DR Congo

Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo have won the tournament twice. The North Africans last won it in 2019, while the Central Africans last won it in 1974, with one of their victories coming under the name Zaire.

Zambia, Sudan, Tunisia and Senegal have won the trophy once each.

Top 6 highest scoring AFCONs

Sports Brief analysed the top six highest scoring AFCONs after the 2023 edition in Ivory Coast set a new record for most goals scored in a single tournament with 119.

Three tournaments – 2019, 2021 and 2023 have produced at least 100 goals each, all of which are 52-game editions after the competition was expanded to 24 teams five years ago.

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Elijah Odetokun
Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.