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The 1996 Africa Cup of Nations was the 20th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by South Africa, who replaced original hosts Kenya. The field expanded for the first time to sixteen teams, split into four groups of four; the top two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. However, Nigeria withdrew from the tournament at the final moment under pressure from then-dictator Sani Abacha, reducing the field to fifteen.[1] South Africa won its first championship, beating Tunisia in the final 2−0.

1996 Africa Cup of Nations
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Africa Cup of Nations 1996 official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySouth Africa
Dates13 January – 3 February
Teams15 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions South Africa (1st title)
Runners-up Tunisia
Third place Zambia
Fourth place Ghana
Tournament statistics
Matches played29
Goals scored78 (2.69 per match)
Attendance640,880 (22,099 per match)
Top scorer(s)Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
1994
1998

Contents

Qualified teamsEdit

 
Participating nations

For full qualification see: 1996 African Cup of Nations qualification

* Nigeria withdrew prior to the start of the finals. Guinea, as the best side to not qualify, was offered Nigeria's spot in the finals, but declined due to a lack of preparation time.

SquadsEdit

VenuesEdit

First roundEdit

Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals.

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  South Africa 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
  Egypt 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
  Cameroon 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 4
  Angola 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
South Africa  3–0  Cameroon
Masinga   15'
Williams   37'
Moshoeu   55'
Attendance: 75,000

Egypt  2–1  Angola
El-Kass   30'33' Quinzinho   77'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Cameroon  2–1  Egypt
Omam-Biyik   36' (pen.)
Tchami   59'
Maher   48'
Attendance: 4,000

South Africa  1–0  Angola
Williams   57'
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Fethi Boucetta (Tunisia)

South Africa  0–1  Egypt
El-Kass   7'
Attendance: 20,000

Angola  3–3  Cameroon
Joni   38' (pen.)
Paulão   57'
Quinzinho   80'
Omam-Biyik   25'
Mouyeme   82'
Hélder Vicente   90' (o.g.)
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Zambia 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
  Algeria 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
  Sierra Leone 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
  Burkina Faso 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Zambia  0–0  Algeria

Sierra Leone  2–1  Burkina Faso
Sessay   11'
Mohamed Kallon   89'
Ouédraogo   74'
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Okoampa (Ghana)

Algeria  2–0  Sierra Leone
Meçabih   41'63'

Zambia  5–1  Burkina Faso
Malitoli   18'
K. Bwalya   24'35'
Lota   44'
J. Bwalya   45'
Y. Traoré   53'

Algeria  2–1  Burkina Faso
Lounici   2'
Dziri   75'
Zongo   83'
Attendance: 180
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Zambia  4–0  Sierra Leone
K. Bwalya   2'9'84'
Malitoli   87'

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Gabon 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
  Zaire 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
  Liberia 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
Gabon  1–2  Liberia
Nzeng   59' Sebwe   5' (pen.)
Sarr   54'
Attendance: 5,000

Gabon  2–0  Zaire
Mackaya   21' (pen.)
Bekogo   34'
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Zaire  2–0  Liberia
Lukaku   5' (pen.)
Essende   72'
Attendance: 3,000

  Nigeria withdrew, so their three matches were canceled.

  • vs.   Zaire, 16 January 1996
  • vs.   Liberia, 19 January 1996
  • vs.   Gabon, 25 January 1996

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Ghana 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
  Tunisia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
  Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
  Mozambique 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Ghana  2–0  Ivory Coast
Yeboah   20'
Pelé   70'
Attendance: 8,000

Tunisia  1–1  Mozambique
Berkhissa   24' Bucuane   4'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Ghana  2–1  Tunisia
Pelé   50'
Akonnor   77'
Ben Younes   72'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Petros Mathabela (South Africa)

Ivory Coast  1–0  Mozambique
Tiéhi   32'

Tunisia  3–1  Ivory Coast
Ben Younes   32'38'
Ben Hassen   48'
M. Traoré   84'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Ghana  2–0  Mozambique
Pelé   42'
Aboagye   68'

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
January 27 - Johannesburg
 
 
  South Africa 2
 
January 31 - Johannesburg
 
  Algeria 1
 
  South Africa 3
 
January 28 - Port Elizabeth
 
  Ghana 0
 
  Ghana 1
 
February 3 - Johannesburg
 
  Zaire 0
 
  South Africa 2
 
January 27 - Bloemfontein
 
  Tunisia 0
 
  Zambia 3
 
January 31 - Durban
 
  Egypt 1
 
  Zambia 2
 
January 28 - Durban
 
  Tunisia 4 Third place
 
  Gabon 1 (1)
 
February 3 - Johannesburg
 
  Tunisia (pen) 1 (4)
 
  Ghana 0
 
 
  Zambia 1
 

QuarterfinalsEdit

South Africa  2–1  Algeria
Fish   72'
Moshoeu   85'
Lazizi   84'

Zambia  3–1  Egypt
Litana   58'
Mutale   65'
Lota   76'
S. Kamouna   43'
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Gabon  1–1
(a.e.t.)
  Tunisia
Mackaya   16' Baya   10'
Penalties
Mackaya  
Kassa-Ngoma  
Bekogo-Zogo  
1–4   Sellimi
  Fekhi
  Ben Slimane
  El Ouaer
Attendance: 4,000

Ghana  1–0  Zaire
Yeboah   22'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

SemifinalsEdit

South Africa  3–0  Ghana
Moshoeu   22'87'
Bartlett   46'
Attendance: 75,000

Zambia  2–4  Tunisia
Lota   68'
Makasa   90'
Sellimi   16'85' (pen.)
Baya   20'
Ghodhbane   47'

Third place matchEdit

Ghana  0–1  Zambia
J. Bwalya   51'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

FinalEdit

South Africa  2–0  Tunisia
Williams   73'75'
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

WinnersEdit

 African Cup of Nations 1996 Champions 
 
South Africa
1st title

ScorersEdit

CAF Team of the TournamentEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit