- Dec 7, 2021
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Africa cup: history of the competition
It began with the Abdelaziz Abdellah Salem Tournament, later called the 1957 African Cup of Nations Football Tournament, held in 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan.
African football was still in its infancy when the first competition was organised in 1957. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia were represented in the first competition, with South Africa excluded for refusing to send a multi-racial team to Sudan. Egypt defeated Sudan 4-0 in the final, becoming the first team to win the tournament.
Two years later, Egypt, inspired by Mahmoud El-Gohary, repeated their feat in Cairo in a tournament that featured the same teams as in 1957.
The 1960s saw the expansion of the Confederation of African Football, and the decade saw the competition gain in prominence.
Ethiopia hosted the third edition of the CAN in 1962. Uganda and Tunisia took part for the first time.
The host country proved unstoppable in Addis Ababa, beating Egypt 4-2 in the final after extra time.