By Caleb Theo

With the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nation holding in Cameroon, we take a look at past events from inception till when Algeria got its second title in Egypt with the winning managers made up of Europeans, a few South Americans and indigenous coaches and the best players and goalscorers that took each edition by storm.
It still remains to be seen if the host country would win another edition as have happen on 10 occasions or would there be another title defense as we have seen on 5 occasions.
The grounds are set and so are the actors.

*YEAR (HOST CITY): FINALS SCORELINE / WINNING MANAGER (COUNTRY) / BEST PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT – NICKNAMES / HIGHEST GOALSCORER(S)*

*1957 (Khartoum):* Egypt 4-0 Ethiopia / Mourad Fahmy (Egypt) / Mohamed Diab Al-Attar, Ad Diba – The Bomber (Egypt) / Mohamed Diab Al-Attar, Ad Diba (Egypt) – 5 goals

*1959 (Cairo):* Egypt 2-1 Sudan / Titkos (Hungary) / Mahmoud El Gohari – Little Teacher (Egypt)/ Mahmoud El Gohari (Egypt) – 3 goals

*1962 (Addis Ababa):* Ethiopia 4-2 Egypt (aet) / Mulecevic (Yugoslavia) / Menguistu Worku – The Terror (Egypt) / Abdel Fattah Badawi (Ethiopia), Menguistu Worku (Egypt) – 3 goals each

*1963 (Accra):* Ghana 3-0 Sudan / C.K Gyamfi (Ghana) / Hassan Chazly – Sharp Shooter (Egypt) / Hassan Chazly (Egypt) – 6 goals

*1965 (Tunis):* Ghana 3-2 Tunisia (aet) / C.K Gyamfi (Ghana) / Osei Kuffour – Fabulous Star (Ghana) / Osei Kuffour (Ghana), Eustache Manglé (Côte d’ivoire), Benjamin Acheampong (Ghana) – 3 goals each

*1968 (Addis Ababa):* Zaire 1-0 Ghana / Ferenc Csanadi (Hungary) / Pierre Kalala – The Giant / Laurent Pokou (Côte d’ivoire) – 6 goals

*1970 (Khartoum):* Sudan 1-0 Ghana / Jiri Starosta (Czechoslovakia) / Laurent Pokou – The Goal Machine (Côte d’ivoire) / Laurent Pokou (Côte d’ivoire) – 8 goals

*1972 (Yaounde):* Congo 3-2 Mali / A. Bibanzulu (Congo) / François Mpelé – Red Devil (Congo) / Fantamady Keita (Mali) – 5 goals

*1974 (Cairo):* Zaire 2-2/2-0 Zambia (after replay) / B. Vidinic (Yugoslavia) / Ndaya Mulamba – The Assassin (Zaire) /Ndaya Mulamba (Zaire) – 9 goals

*1976 (Addis Ababa):* Morocco – Guinea (League basis) / George Mardarcu (Romania) / Ahmed Faras – The Maestro (Morocco) / Eugene N’Jo Léa (Cameroon) – 4 goals

*1978 (Accra):* Ghana 2-0 Uganda / Fred Osam Duodo (Ghana) / Abdul Karim Razak – Golden Boy (Ghana) / Segun Odegbami (Nigeria), Phillip Omondi(Uganda), Opoku Afriyie (Ghana) – 3 goals each

*1980 (Lagos):* Nigeria 3-0 Algeria / Otto Gloria (Brazil) / Segun Odegbami – Mathematical (Nigeria) / Segun Odegbami (Nigeria), Khalid Labied (Morocco) – 3 goals each

*1982 (Tripoli):* Ghana 1(7)-1(6) Libya (pen.) / C.K Gyamfi (Ghana) / George Alhassan – The Rocket (Ghana) / George Alhassan (Ghana) – 3 goals

*1984 (Abidjan):* Cameroon 3-1 Nigeria / Rade Oganovic (Yugoslavia) / Théophile Abéga – Doctor (Cameroon) / Taher Abou Zeid (Egypt) – 4 goals

*1986 (Cairo):* Egypt 0(5)-(4)0 Cameroon (pen.) / Micheal Smith (Wales) / Tahar Abou Zeid – Egyptian Maradona (Egypt) / Roger Mills (Cameroon) – 4 goals

*1988 (Casablanca):* Cameroon 1-0 Nigeria / Claude Leroy (France) / Roger Milla – Lion King (Cameroon) / Roger Milla (Cameroon), Lakhdar Belloumi (Algeria), Gamal Abdelhamid (Egypt), Abdoulaye Traoré (Côte d’ivoire) – 2 goals each

*1990 (Algiers):* Algeria 1-0 Nigeria / Abdelhamid Kermali (Algeria) / Rabah Madjer – Captain Marvel (Algeria) / Djamel Menad (Algeria) – 4 goals

*1992 (Dakar):* Côte d’ivoire 0(11)-(10)0 Ghana (pen.) / Yeo Martial (Côte d’ivoire) / Alain Gouamené – Golden Gloves (Côte d’ivoire) / Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) – 4 goals

*1994 (Tunisia):* Nigeria 2-1 Zambia / Clemens Westerhof (Netherlands) / Rashidi Yekini – The Bull / Rashidi Yekini (Nigeria) – 5 goals

*1996 (South Africa):* South Africa 2-0 Tunisia / Clive Barker (South Africa) / John Moshoeu – Shoes (South Africa) / Mark Williams (South Africa), Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia) – 5 goals each

*1998 (Burkina Faso):* Egypt 2-0 South Africa / Mahmoud El Gohari (Egypt) / Hossam Hassan – The Old Fox (Egypt) / Hossan Hassan (Egypt), Benni McCarthy (South Africa) – 7 goals each

*2000 (Ghana/Nigeria):* Cameroon 2(5)-(4)2 Nigeria / Pierre Lechantre (France) / Patrick Mboma – Soaring Lion (Cameroon) / Shaun Bartlett (South Africa) – 5 goals

*2002 (Mali):* Cameroon 0(3)-(2)0 Senegal / Winfried Schaeffer (Germany) / Rigobert Song – Big Chief (Cameroon) / Salomon Olembé (Cameroon), Patrick Mboma (Cameroon), Julius Aghahowa (Nigeria) – 3 goals each

*2004 (Tunisia):* Tunisia 2-1 Morocco / Roger Lemerre (France) / Augustine Okocha – JayJay (Nigeria) / Youssef Mokhtari (Morocco), Patrick Mboma (Cameroon), Augustine Okocha (Nigeria), Frederic Kanouté (Mali), Francileudo Santos (Tunisia) – 4 goals each

*2006 (Egypt):* Egypt 0(4)-(2)0 Ivory Coast / Hassan Shehata (Egypt) / Ahmed Hassan – The Falcon (Egypt) / Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) – 5 goals

*2008 (Ghana):* Egypt 1-0 Cameroon / Hassan Shehata (Egypt) / Hosni Abed Rabbo – Egyptian Football Caeser (Egypt) / Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) – 5 goals

*2010 (Angola):* Egypt 1-0 Ghana / Hassan Shehata (Egypt) / Ahmed Hassan – The Falcon (Egypt) / Mohammed Gedo (Egypt) – 5 goals

*2012 (Equatorial Guinea/Gabon):* Zambia 0(8)-(7)0 Ivory Coast / Herve Renard (France) / Christopher Katongo – The Tsunami (Zambia) / Pierre Aubameyang (Gabon), Manucho (Angola), Houssine Kharja (Morocco), Emmanuel Mayuka (Zambia), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Christopher Katongo (Zambia), Cheick Diabaté (Mali) – 3 goals each

*2013 (South Africa):* Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso / Stephen Keshi (Nigeria) / Jonathan Pitriopa – Pit (Burkina Faso) / Wakaso Mubarak (Ghana), Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria) – 4 goals each

*2015 (Equatorial Guinea):* Ivory Coast 0(9)-(8)0 Ghana / Herve Renard (France) / Christian Atsu – Ghanaian Messi / Thievy Bifouma (DR Congo), Dieumerci Mbokani (DR Congo), André Ayew (Ghana), Ahmed Akaïchi (Tunisia), Balboa (Equatorial Guinea) – 3 goals each

*2017 (Gabon):* Cameroon 2-1 Egypt / Hugo Broos (Belgium) / Christian Bassogog – Africa’s Messi (Cameroon) / Junior Kabananga (DR Congo) – 3 goals

*2019 (Egypt):* Algeria 1-0 Senegal / Djamel Belmadi (Algeria) / Ismaël Bennacer – Warrior (Algeria) / Odion Ighalo (Nigeria) – 5 goals

*2021 (Cameroon):* ? ? ? / ? ? ? / ? ? ?
Who looks like favourites for this edition, and which of the African stars painting Europe with goals can do it on the continent.?

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