Which African country has won the Afcon Cup most?
When Egypt defeated Sudan in 1957 in the first ever Africa Cup of Nations, they made a lasting mark on the history of the tournament. In the second edition of the Afcon Cup, Egypt was not only the host, they also defeated Sudan again in the final to lift the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy, as it was then called, for the second time in a row.
Overall, Egypt has been one of the founding members of the tournament and occupies an important place in the 64-year Afcon history. They’re also the most successful team in the competition. Egypt has won the Afcon Cup a total of 7 times. This is twice more than their closest rival Cameroon, who have won the tournament 5 times so far.
In addition to the 7 trophy-winning years, Egypt has also been a runner-up twice in the tournament. This happened for the first time in 1962 and again in 2017. Hassan El Shazly remains the greatest goal scorer for Egypt in the Afcon tournament, with a total of 12 goals to his name so far. He is closely followed by Hossam Hassan with 11 goals. Hassan was part of the championship-winning sides on three occasions: in 1986, 1998, and again in 2006.
With the latest season’s Afcon qualifiers around the corner, it’s safe to say that Egypt will be a force to reckon with on the field. Will they walk away with their 8th Afcon trophy this year? Only time will tell.