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Who has won the most AFCON titles? Full list of all-time Africa Cup of Nations champions

Ivory Coast became Africa Cup of Nations champions for the third time as they won a remarkable tournament on home soil in February 2024.

The Elephants fought from a goal down in the final in Abidjan to defeat Nigeria 2-1, Sebastien Haller scoring the winning goal less than two years on from a diagnosis of testicular cancer that put his professional career under threat.

Triumphing in front of a jubilant home crowd capped a remarkable tournament for Ivory Coast, who sacked their head coach after a 4-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in the group stage and only scraped into the knockouts because other results went their way.

They have now won the AFCON three times — a tally bettered only by three nations. Nigeria have also won the tournament three times.

The Sporting News looks which teams have been the most successful in the tournament’s storied history.

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Who has won the most Africa Cup of Nations titles?

Egypt have been the dominant nation in Africa Cup of Nations history with The Pharaohs winning seven titles including the first edition of the competition back in 1957.

Six other nations have won the trophy more than once with an overall total of 15 winners of the tournament.

Rank Nation AFCON titles Years won
1. Egypt 7 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010
2. Cameroon 5 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017
3. Ghana 4 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
4. Ivory Coast 3 1992, 2015, 2023
= Nigeria 3 1980, 1994, 2013
= Algeria 2 1990, 2019
= DR Congo 2 1968, 1974
8. Zambia 1 2012
= Tunisia 1 2004
= Sudan 1 1970
= Senegal 1 2021
= Ethiopia 1 1962
= Morocco 1 1976
= South Africa 1 1996
= Congo 1 1972

When is the next AFCON?

The next Africa Cup of Nations is in 2025 and will take place in Morocco.

It will be the second time the north African nation has staged the finals. They first hosted the AFCON in 1988 and were scheduled to do so again in 2015, but the tournament had to be relocated to Equatorial Guinea due to the Ebola virus outbreak.

Unlike the previous AFCON tournament, the 2025 finals is expected to be held in June and July, the northern hemisphere’s summer months. The 2023 event was moved to early 2024 to avoid the rainy season in the Ivory Coast, but a June-July scheduling is usually preferable as it does not cause scheduling problems with the major club competitions in Europe. However, the 2025 dates are yet to be confirmed and there are some doubts about a June-July schedule.

Guinea had been chosen as the hosts for 2025, but they were stripped of those rights amid concerns about their preparations to stage the tournament. Morocco were selected as hosts following a new vote in September 2023.

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