National team appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations

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This article lists the performances of each of the 39 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

All-time table

Legend
Team has won the African Cup of Nations

Up to and including the 2017 tournament.

Rank Team Titles Part's Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pts%
1  Egypt[n 1] 7 23 96 54 17 25 159 87 +72 179 62.2
2  Ghana 4 21 95 53 17 25 125 79 +46 176 61.8
3  Nigeria 3 17 86 46 21 19 123 82 +41 159 61.6
4  Cameroon 5 18 80 40 25 15 119 73 +46 145 60.4
5  Ivory Coast 2 22 90 39 24 27 131 97 +34 141 52.2
6  Zambia 1 17 67 26 20 21 81 69 +12 98 48.8
7  Tunisia 1 18 68 22 24 22 87 87 0 90 44.1
8  Algeria 1 17 67 22 20 25 80 83 −3 86 42.8
9  Morocco 1 16 61 21 22 18 70 57 +13 85 46.4
10  DR Congo[n 2] 2 18 69 19 23 27 82 96 −14 80 38.6
11  Senegal 14 53 18 14 21 61 52 +9 68 42.8
12  Mali 10 46 15 16 15 55 61 −6 61 44.2
13  South Africa 1 9 38 14 13 11 45 41 +4 55 48.2
14  Guinea 11 39 11 15 13 55 57 −2 48 41.0
15  Burkina Faso[n 3] 11 41 7 13 21 38 62 −24 34 27.6
16  Congo 1 7 26 7 7 12 27 40 −13 28 35.9
17  Sudan 1 8 24 7 6 11 28 38 −10 27 37.5
18  Gabon 7 21 6 7 8 19 26 −7 25 39.7
19  Ethiopia 1 10 27 7 3 17 29 61 −32 24 29.6
20  Angola 7 23 4 10 9 29 37 −8 22 31.9
21  Togo 8 25 3 8 14 19 42 −23 17 22.7
22  Equatorial Guinea 2 10 4 3 3 8 10 −2 15 50.0
23  Libya 3 11 3 5 3 12 13 −1 14 42.4
24  Uganda 6 19 3 2 14 18 34 −16 11 19.3
25  Cape Verde 2 7 1 5 1 4 5 −1 8 38.1
26  Zimbabwe 3 9 2 1 6 12 21 −9 7 25.9
27  Kenya 5 14 1 4 9 8 24 −16 7 16.7
28  Liberia 2 5 1 2 2 5 7 −2 5 33.3
29  Rwanda 1 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 44.4
30  Malawi 2 6 1 1 4 6 11 −5 4 22.2
31  Sierra Leone 2 5 1 1 3 2 11 −9 4 26.7
32  Namibia 2 6 0 2 4 9 18 −9 2 11.1
33  Mozambique 4 12 0 2 10 4 26 −22 2 5.6
34  Tanzania 1 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1 11.1
35  Guinea-Bissau 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1 11.1
36  Niger 2 6 0 1 5 1 9 −8 1 5.6
37  Benin 3 9 0 1 8 4 20 −16 1 3.7
38  Mauritius 1 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0 0.0
39  Botswana 1 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0 0.0
  1. ^ Including one appearance as "United Arab Republic" representing a political union between Egypt and Syria, and another three appearances representing just Egypt but still under the name "United Arab Republic".
  2. ^ Including seven appearances as Zaire.
  3. ^ Including one appearance as Upper Volta.

Debut of teams

Each successive Africa Cup of Nations from 1962 onwards has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Teams in parentheses are considered successor teams by FIFA.

Year Debutants Total
1957  Egypt,  Ethiopia,  Sudan 3
1962  Tunisia,  Uganda 2
1963  Ghana,  Nigeria 2
1965  DR Congo,  Ivory Coast,  Senegal 3
1968  Algeria,  Congo 2
1970  Cameroon,  Guinea 2
1972  Kenya,  Mali,  Morocco,  Togo 4
1974  Mauritius,  Zambia 2
1978  Upper Volta 1
1980  Tanzania 1
1982  Libya 1
1984  Malawi 1
1986  Mozambique 1
1994  Gabon,  Sierra Leone 2
1996  Angola,  Liberia,  South Africa 3
1998  Namibia 1
2004  Benin,  Rwanda,  Zimbabwe 3
2012  Botswana,  Equatorial Guinea,  Niger 3
2013  Cape Verde 1
2017  Guinea-Bissau 1
2019  Madagascar,  Mauritania 2

Comprehensive team results by tournament

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team Sudan
1957
(3)
United Arab Republic
1959
(3)
Ethiopia
1962
(4)
Ghana
1963
(6)
Tunisia
1965
(6)
Ethiopia
1968
(8)
Sudan
1970
(8)
Cameroon
1972
(8)
Egypt
1974
(8)
Ethiopia
1976
(8)
Ghana
1978
(8)
Nigeria
1980
(8)
Libya
1982
(8)
Ivory Coast
1984
(8)
Egypt
1986
(8)
Morocco
1988
(8)
Algeria
1990
(8)
Senegal
1992
(12)
Tunisia
1994
(12)
South Africa
1996
(15)
Burkina Faso
1998
(16)
Ghana
Nigeria
2000
(16)
Mali
2002
(16)
Tunisia
2004
(16)
Egypt
2006
(16)
Ghana
2008
(16)
Angola
2010
(15)
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon
2012
(16)
South Africa
2013
(16)
Equatorial Guinea
2015
(16)
Gabon
2017
(16)
TBD
2019
(24)
Apps.
North Africa Members
 Algeria Part of France × × GS 2nd 4th 3rd GS 3rd 1st GS •• QF GS QF GS QF 4th GS QF GS q 18
 Egypt 1st 1st 2nd 3rd × × 3rd 3rd 4th 4th × 4th 1st GS GS GS QF QF 1st QF QF GS 1st 1st 1st 2nd q 24
 Libya × × × × × × × 2nd × × × × × × GS GS 3
 Morocco × × × × × GS × 1st GS 3rd 4th 4th GS QF GS GS 2nd GS GS GS GS •• QF q 17
 Tunisia × 3rd GS 2nd × × × 4th × GS GS 2nd QF 4th GS 1st QF QF GS QF GS QF QF q 19
West Africa Members
 Benin Part of France × × × × × × × × × × GS GS GS 3
 Burkina Faso Part of France × × × × × × GS × × × × × GS 4th GS GS GS GS GS 2nd GS 3rd 11
 Cape Verde Part of Portugal × × × × × × × QF GS 2
 Ivory Coast Part of France × × 3rd 3rd 4th GS •• GS × GS 3rd GS GS 1st 3rd GS QF GS GS 2nd 4th QF 2nd QF 1st GS q 23
 Ghana × 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st GS 1st GS 2nd QF 4th GS QF QF GS 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 4th q 22
 Guinea FRA × •• GS GS 2nd GS GS GS × QF QF QF GS QF q 12
 Guinea-Bissau Part of Portugal × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Liberia × × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
 Mali Part of France × × 2nd 4th 4th 4th GS GS 3rd 3rd GS GS q 11
 Mauritania Part of France × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × q 1
 Niger Part of France × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
 Nigeria × × × GS × × 3rd 3rd 1st GS 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st × × 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd QF 3rd 1st q 18
 Senegal Part of France × × 4th GS × GS 4th QF QF QF 2nd QF 4th GS GS GS QF q 15
 Sierra Leone Part of the UK × × × × × × × × × × GS GS × × x 2
 Togo Part of France × × × GS × GS × × GS GS GS GS •• QF GS 8
Central Africa Members
 Cameroon Part of France × × × GS 3rd GS 1st 2nd 1st GS 4th GS QF 1st 1st QF QF 2nd QF GS 1st 18
 Congo Part of France × × GS × 1st 4th GS × QF GS QF 7
 DR Congo Part of Belgium GS 1st GS 4th 1st GS × × GS QF QF QF 3rd GS QF GS QF GS 3rd QF 18
 Equatorial Guinea Part of Spain × × × × × × × × × × × × QF 4th 2
 Gabon Part of France × × × × × × × × GS QF GS GS QF GS GS 7
East Africa Members
 Ethiopia 2nd 3rd 1st 4th GS 4th GS GS GS × × × × × GS 10
 Kenya × × GS × GS GS GS × GS q 6
 Rwanda Part of Belgium × × × × × × × × × × GS × 1
 Sudan 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st GS GS × × × × × GS QF 8
 Tanzania × × × × × × GS × × × × 1
 Uganda × × 4th × GS GS GS 2nd × × × GS q 7
Southern Africa Members
 Angola Part of Portugal × × GS GS GS QF QF GS GS 7
 Botswana Part of the United Kingdom × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
 Madagascar Part of France × × × × × × × × × × × q 1
 Malawi Part of the United Kingdom × × × × GS GS 2
 Mauritius × × × × × GS × × 1
 Mozambique Part of Portugal × × × GS GS GS GS 4
 Namibia Part of South Africa × × GS GS 2
 South Africa •• Banned because of apartheid 1st 2nd 3rd QF GS GS GS QF GS 9
 Zambia × × × × × × 2nd GS 3rd GS × 3rd QF 2nd 3rd GS GS GS GS GS QF 1st GS GS 17
 Zimbabwe × × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS GS 3
Legend

Results of host nations

Keys:

  • ★ the best result in the team's history
  • † the best result at the time of competition (improved later)
  • ‡ the less result at the time of competition after previously best (improved greater than before later)
  • ± the less result at the time of competition after previously best (not yet improved later)
Year Host nation Finish
1957  Sudan Third Place
1959  United Arab Republic Champions
1962  Ethiopia Champions
1963  Ghana Champions
1965  Tunisia Runners-up
1968  Ethiopia Fourth Place
1970  Sudan Champions
1972  Cameroon Third Place
1974  Egypt Third Place
1976  Ethiopia Group Stage
1978  Ghana Champions
1980  Nigeria Champions
1982  Libya Runners-up
1984  Ivory Coast Group Stage ‡
1986  Egypt Champions
1988  Morocco Fourth Place
1990  Algeria Champions
1992  Senegal Quarter-finalist ‡
1994  Tunisia Group Stage
1996  South Africa Champions
1998  Burkina Faso Fourth Place
2000  Ghana Quarter-finalist
 Nigeria Runners-up
2002  Mali Fourth Place ±
2004  Tunisia Champions
2006  Egypt Champions
2008  Ghana Third Place
2010  Angola Quarter-finalist ★
2012  Equatorial Guinea Quarter-finalist †
 Gabon Quarter-finalist ★
2013  South Africa Quarter-finalist
2015  Equatorial Guinea Fourth Place
2017  Gabon Group Stage
2019 TBD TBD
2021  Ivory Coast TBD
2023  Guinea TBD

Results of defending champions

Year Defending champions Finish
1959  United Arab Republic Champions
1962  United Arab Republic Runners-up
1963  Ethiopia Fourth Place
1965  Ghana Champions
1968  Ghana Runners-up
1970  Congo-Kinshasa Group Stage
1972  Sudan Group Stage
1974  Congo Fourth Place
1976  Zaire Group Stage
1978  Morocco Group Stage
1980  Ghana Group Stage
1982  Nigeria Group Stage
1984  Ghana Group Stage
1986  Cameroon Runners-up
1988  Egypt Group Stage
1990  Cameroon Group Stage
1992  Algeria Group Stage
1994  Ivory Coast Third Place
1996  Nigeria Withdrew
1998  South Africa Runners-up
2000  Egypt Quarter-finalist
2002  Cameroon Champions
2004  Cameroon Quarter-finalist
2006  Tunisia Quarter-finalist
2008  Egypt Champions
2010  Egypt Champions
2012  Egypt Did not qualify
2013  Zambia Group Stage
2015  Nigeria Did not qualify
2017  Ivory Coast Group Stage
2019  Cameroon

References


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