The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is an integral part of the governing of world football. Formed on February 8, 1957, the African Football governing body has been providing the platform of expression for African Soccer Players. Incidentally, the first African Cup of Nations tournament kicked off three days after the inauguration of the body.
While the governing body has had a basket load of ups and downs in its almost 58 years of existence, the biannual soccer fiesta of the senior national teams holds lots of memories.
Below is a list of ten unique records set during the tournament till date.
Most Wins in the Tournament
The Pharaohs of Egypt hold the record for most tournament wins with a seven trophy haul. The triumphs came in the inaugural edition in 1957 and in these following years: 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, and 2010. They are also the only team to have won it 3 times in a row.
The most appearances also go to Egypt who holds the record with twenty-two appearances spread over the time frame.
Ivory Coast is second on the list with 20 appearances. This leaves Egypt with three more appearances than their closest rivals. This also boosts Egypt’s rating as one of the best and biggest football playing nations in Africa. To have been successful for that long is a testament to their strength at the tournament.
Highest Number of Goals Scored in a Tournament
The best scoring record in a single tournament is one that dates back to the 70s. To find this player, one needs to travel back in time to Egypt 1974. Player name: Ndaye Mulamba of Zaire (now known as The Democratic Republic of Congo). This stern-looking unassuming striker scored all nine goals for Zaire; the highest to date in one tournament.
The closest player to him on the scorers’ list is Laurent Pokou of from the Ivory Coast who scored eight goals at Sudan 1970