Afcon 2013 in numbers!
Zambia lifted the trophy in 2012 Who has qualified for 2013
To whet your appetite for tomorrow night’s Afcon 2013 draw, MTNFootball.com presents ten interesting figures surrounding Africa’s showcase tournament.
1- Cape Verde will be participating in the first Africa Cup of Nations finals of their history in South Africa.
2- This will be the second time that South Africa organise the Africa Cup of Nations, following the 1996 edition that the Rainbow Nation proceeded to win.
3- Three countries participating in the Africa Cup of nations 2013 have already won the competition at least twice. These are Ghana (1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 winners), Nigeria (1980 and 1994 winners) and the DR Congo (1968 and 1974 winners).
4- This is the record number of consecutive times that one country has reached the Africa Cup of Nations final. It belongs to Ghana, who were finalists in 1963, 1965, 1968 and 1970.
5- In South Africa, Angola will participate in their fifth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations finals after those of 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.
6- Zambia have reached the Africa Cup of Nations podium six times (winners in 2012, runners-up in 1974 and 1994 and third-placed in 1982, 1990 and 1996).
7- The DR Congo coach Claude Leroy will participate in a record seventh Africa Cup of Nations as national coach in South Africa. He led Cameroon in 1986 and 1988, Senegal in 1990 and 1992, the DR Congo previously in 2006 and Ghana in 2008.
8- Eight is the greatest number of Africa Cup of Nations finals which a player has competed in. This honour goes to the former captain of Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, Rigobert Song, who was present at the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions.
9- The record number of goals scored by a player in a single Africa Cup of Nations is nine. Striker Pierre Ndaye Mulamba of the DR Congo (formerly Zaire) set this record back in 1974 in Egypt.
10- Ten countries who will be competing in South Africa have already won the Africa Cup of Nations. These proud nations are Ghana (four titles), Nigeria and the DR Congo (two titles each), and Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Tunisia, Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco and South Africa (one title each).