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The 1962 Africa Cup of Nations was the third edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Ethiopia. Nine countries entered the competition, including the reigning champions Egypt, meaning for the first time a qualification tournament was required. The finals only included four teams. Egypt, as holders, and Ethiopia as hosts, qualified automatically meaning each needed to play only one game to reach the final. Ethiopia won the tournament for the first time after extra time in the final.[2]

1962 Africa Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Ethiopia
Dates14 – 21 January
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Ethiopia (1st title)
Runners-up United Arab Republic
Third place Tunisia
Fourth place Uganda
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored18 (4.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Republic Badawi Abdel Fattah
Ethiopia Luciano Vassalo[1]
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Ethiopia Mengistu Worku
Participating nations

This tournament has the highest goals-per-game average in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.


Qualified teamsEdit

This page details the process of qualifying for the 1962 African Cup of Nations. 9 African nations initially entered the competition. Ethiopia and Egypt both automatically qualified as the host country and title holders respectively. Morocco would withdraw before play began, thus leaving only 6 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.

Team Finals
Previous best
  Ethiopia (hosts) 3rd 1959 Runners-up (1957)
  Tunisia 1st none Debut
  Uganda 1st none Debut
  United Arab Republic 3rd 1959 Winners (1957, 1959)



Final tournamentEdit

14 January – Addis Ababa
  Ethiopia 4
21 January – Addis Ababa
  Tunisia 2
  Ethiopia (aet) 4
18 January – Addis Ababa
  United Arab Rep. 2
  United Arab Rep. 2
  Uganda 1
Third place
20 January – Addis Ababa
  Tunisia 3
  Uganda 0


Ethiopia  4–2  Tunisia
Vassalo   32' (pen.)75'
Tekle   36'
Worku   69'
Merrichkou   13'
Chérif   29'

United Arab Republic  2–1  Uganda
Badawi   50'
Selim   57'
Bunyenyezi   16'

Third place matchEdit

Tunisia  3–0  Uganda
Jedidi   3'
Laaouini   53'
Meddab   85'


Ethiopia  4–2
  United Arab Republic
Tekle   74'
L. Vassalo   84'[3]
Worku   118'
Vassalo   101'
Badawi   35'75'


 1962 African Cup of Nations Champions 
1st title



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  2. ^ Thomas, Durosimi (2012-10-20). "New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
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