Five AFCON facts

2015-01-12 12:58
AFCON 2015 (Supplied)
AFCON 2015 (Supplied)

Malabo - Five need to know Africa Cup of Nations facts ahead of  kick-off of the 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

1. Egypt have been crowned champions a record seven times followed by Cameroon and Ghana with four titles each. The competition has been won by 14 of the 54 African Football Confederation (CAF) member states.

2. Retired Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is the tournament's leading all-time scorer with 18 goals followed by former Ivory Coast star Laurent Pokou (14) and the late Nigerian Rashidi Yekini (13). Ndaye Mulamba from the Democratic Republic of Congo holds the record for most goals in a single tournament with nine.

3. The record winning margin of five goals has been achieved by Ivory Coast (twice) and Guinea. Ivory Coast trounced Ethiopia 6-1 in 1970 and Guinea 5-0 in 2008 and Guinea overwhelmed debutants Botswana 6-1 three years ago.

4. Coaches Hassan Shehata of Egypt and Charles Gyamfi of Ghana share the record for the most titles with three each. Gyamfi succeeded with the Black Stars in 1963, 1965 and 1982 and Shehata with the Pharaohs in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

5. Only 11 of 29 previous hosts have won the competition with three-title Egypt leading the way. The Pharaohs triumphed on home soil in 1959, 1986 and 2006 and came third in 1974 on the other occasion they staged the event.

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