Looking back at Egypt’s top moments at the African Cup of Nations

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Egyptians were denied their eighth African Cup championship after losing to Cameroon 2-1 on Sunday night.

Egypt had previously won the cup eight times and has defeated Cameroon on two occasions – during the 1986 and 2008 African Cup editions.


Here is a look back at Egypt’s record seven championship victories during the African Cup of Nations tournament dating back to their first win in 1957.


Known as the champion of the first edition of the African cup, Egypt managed to beat Ethiopia by player Ad Diba scoring all four goals. The match was hosted by Sudan.

1959: EGYPT VS SUDAN (2-1)

Egypt, then known as the United Arab Republic, hosted and won the tournament in 1957. Both goals were scored against Sudan and were shot by Egyptian Footballer Essam Baheeg.

1986: EGYPT VS CAMERON (0-0) Pen (5-4)

Egypt edged out Cameroon in Cairo in the final to win the third title of the African Cup of Nations. Having won the title in years 1957 and 1959, they stood out in the extra time by winning the penalty kicks 5-4.


Egypt’s El-Hadary was the face of 1998’s renowned performances and many other. But for this round, they emerged to be the winners for the fourth time. The two goals were Scored by squads Ahmed Hassan and Tarek Mostafa.

Egypt African Cup 1998 (Reuters)
Egypt African Cup 1998 (Reuters)

2006: (EGYPT VS IVORY COAST) Egypt 0-0 Ivory Coast (4-2 pen)

Egypt was recorded fifth title by defeating Ivory Coast in the final through penalties 4-2 to become champions of Africa.

Egypt African Cup 2006 (Reuters)
Egypt African Cup 2006 (Reuters)

2008: (EGYPT VS CAMERON) 1-0

Despite Cameron’s star player Samuel Eto’o, they could not make it to overthrow Egypt for the second time. Egypt earned the title after winning over Cameron 1-0 in the 77th minute by legend Aboutrika.

Egypt African Cup 2008(Reuters)
Egypt African Cup 2008(Reuters)

2010: (EGYPT VS GHANA) 1-0

Dominating the African soccer competition by emerging champions for the third consecutive time,

Egypt recorded a victory by footballer Gedo who scored in the 85th minute in the tournament, winning all the group matches.

No other nation in the history of the tournaments was able to break the record Egypt has of seven title wins so far.

Egypt African Cup 2010 (Reuters)
Egypt African Cup 2010 (Reuters)
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