1959 African Cup of Nations

The 1959 African Cup of Nations was the second edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted and won by the United Arab Republic, a short-lived confederation between Egypt and Syria. Only three teams participated: host team United Arab Republic, Sudan and Ethiopia. All three matches took place in Cairo.

1959 African Cup of Nations
كأس أمم أفريقيا 1959
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Arab Republic
Dates22–29 May
Teams3 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions United Arab Republic (2nd title)
Runners-up Sudan
Third place Ethiopia
Tournament statistics
Matches played3
Goals scored8 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Republic Mahmoud El-Gohary
(3 goals)
Best player(s)United Arab Republic Ad-Diba
Participating nations


With only three teams, the format changed into a round robin group, but the results were the same, the United Arab Republic won over Ethiopia 4−0 and over Sudan 2−1. The Sudanese finished second, defeating Ethiopia 1−0. This edition will also be remembered because of the three coaches from Eastern Europe: the Czechoslovakian Starosta (Ethiopia) and Hada (Sudan), the Hungarian Pál Titkos, coach of Egypt.

Mahmoud El-Gohary, who would later become manager of the Egyptian team between 1988 and 2002, would be the top scorer of this edition of the tournament.

Participating teamsEdit

Team Finals
Previous best
  Ethiopia 2nd 1957 Runners-up (1957)
  Sudan 2nd 1957 Third place (1957)
  United Arab Republic (hosts) 2nd 1957 Winners (1957)



Final tournamentEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
  United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4 Champion
  Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
  Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
United Arab Republic  4–0  Ethiopia
El-Gohary   29'42'73'
El-Sherbini   64'
Attendance: 30,000

Sudan  1–0  Ethiopia
Nasir   40' Report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: M. Tsissis (Greece)

United Arab Republic  2–1  Sudan
Baheeg   12'89' Report Manzul   65'
Attendance: 30,000


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

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Coordinates: 30°03′N 31°14′E / 30.050°N 31.233°E / 30.050; 31.233