The Africa Cup of Nations, also known as the AFCON, officially CAN (French for Coupe dAfrique des Nations), is the main international association football (soccer) competition in Africa.
It was founded in 1957, sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football or CAF. It has been held every 2 years since 1968. Back then, there were only three participating countriesSudan, Ethiopia and Egypt. South Africa was supposed to compete but were disqualified due to apartheid policies of their government. The first tournament was won by Egypt.
In 1992, the final tournament participants were expanded to 12. Teams were divided into four groups of three, with the top two teams going to the quarter-finals.
In 1996, South Africa hosted the 20th Africa Cup of Nations after their long ban was lifted due to their countrys apartheid. Participants were expanded to 16, into four groups.
In the cups history, Egypt has been the most successful. They have won 7 times, including their famous match against United Arab Republic from 1958 to 1971. Ghana won 4 titles, also Cameroon.
The 2015 event was scheduled to be held in Morocco, but they withdraw as host of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations because of fears it would lead to a further spread of the Ebola virus. The host country became Equatorial Guinea.
The African Cup was switched to odd number years so it will not clash with the FIFA World Cup. This switch only happened in 2013.
The next event scheduled was to be held:
- 2017 Gabon
- 2019 Cameroon
- 2021 Ivory Coast
- 2023 Guinea
India cricke team skipper Virat Kohli will look to maintain his unbeaten series record at home when India take on England cricket team in the deciding Twenty20 International on Wednesday in Virat Kohlis home turf of the Chinnaswamy stadium.
The stands at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium will be bursting at its seams on Wednesday. With the Twenty20 series between India and England still alive coming into the decider, an absolute cracker is on the cards as the teams face-off for the final time, after five Tests, three one-dayers and two T20 Internationals.
Never mind results in the other formats, there has been little to separate the two sides in the T20 games. England, runners-up in the 2016 World Twenty20, have displayed rare craftiness to keep the Indian team guessing.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hinted that his international career is all but over and said he now just wants to turn freelance cricketer and enjoy playing in different leagues around the world.
“I have played all the cricket I wanted to and now I just want to focus and enjoy playing in the leagues,” Afridi told the reporters at a function at the Karachi University campus.
The flamboyant all-rounder has not been selected in the national team since he led Pakistan in their disappointing Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns last year after which he quit captaincy.