The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the most prestigious international football tournament in Africa. It has been held since 1957, with the first edition being won by Egypt. Egypt’s victory in the first AFCON was a significant milestone in the development of African football, and it marked the beginning of a new era for the sport on the continent.
The first African Cup of Nations was hosted in Sudan in 1957, and it featured only three teams – Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt. Egypt won the tournament, beating Sudan 2-1 in the final. The Pharaohs, as the Egyptian national football team is affectionately known, scored five goals in the tournament, conceding only two. They won all of their matches, including a 4-0 thrashing of Ethiopia in their opening game.
The team was led by the legendary Mahmoud El-Gohary, who scored two goals in the tournament, including the winning goal in the final. El-Gohary was a prolific striker who went on to have a successful coaching career, leading Egypt to their first World Cup appearance in 1990.
Egypt’s victory in the first AFCON was a significant achievement for the country and for African football in general. It demonstrated that African teams were capable of competing at the highest level of international football and paved the way for the growth and development of the sport across the continent.
Since their first triumph, Egypt has gone on to win the African Cup of Nations a record seven times, the most recent of which was in 2010. The team has produced some of the greatest players in African football history, including Hossam Hassan, Ahmed Hassan, and Mohamed Salah..…See More