Overview of the history and development of African Football Cup

The African Football Cup began in June 1956. It was when the African Football Federation (CAF) proposed the idea of ​​establishing the tournament at the Third FIFA Congress in Lisbon. After that, the plans to hold the tournament in succession were carried out.

The first time being held

In February 1957, the African Football Cup was first held in Khartoum, Suda. It was the competition of four countries establishing CAF including Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa with low professional quality.

The South African team was adamant about choosing only white players to join the roster because of racist policy and was disqualified from attending the tournament. Therefore, Ethiopia advance to the finals without having to play.

Only two matches were played at the first African Football Cup. Egypt became the first champion after defeating host nation Sudan in the semi-finals and Ethiopia in the final. Two years later, Egypt hosted the second tournament in Cairo with the participation of these 3 teams. Once again, Egypt successfully defended the championship after defeating Sudan in the final.

The third time being held

The third African Cup of football took place in 1962 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, witnessing the competition of 9 teams. This is the first time the tournament has to qualify for four teams to compete for the championship. Egypt played for the third time in a row in the final. However, Ethiopia was the team that won the championship at the third African Football Cup.

The number of teams participating in the African Football Cup reached 16 in 1998. Since then, the format of competition is maintained with 16 teams divided into four groups. The top two teams will advance to the knockout round.

From the third tournament in 1962 to the 28th tournament in 2012, the African Cup took place in even years. Starting in 2013, the tournament was held in odd years to avoid being coincident with the World Cup.

Egypt is the most successful country in the history of the African Football Cup with 7 championships (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010) and three times ranked third (1963, 1970, 1974). However, past successes have not been able to make Egypt present at the Africa Cup of Africa 2013 and 2015. The period of African football dominance of Egypt seems to be in the past.

Top 10 best football players from Nigeria (Part 2)

Let’s continue the list of top 10 football players coming form Nigeria!

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi is a former Nigerian player and manager born on January 23, 1962. Sadly, after having a heart attack at home, he died on his way to the hospital on June 7, 2016.

During his tenure his role as a defender, he played 64 international games and scored nine goals for Nigeria. He commanded the national team to win Africa’s 1994 World Cup. Then, since 2011, he coached the team to win again in 2013, thus becoming one of only two to win. He was one of the few athletes that won in tournaments as both a player and a coach.

His football career spanned from 1979 to 1998, in which he played for five countries, including Belgium, where he won the Belgian Juliper League alongside RSC Anderlecht in 1991. He was honored by Google on January 23, 2018, when the search engine changed the logo in Nigeria to illustrate for him what would be his 56th birthday.

Kanu Nwankwo

Born on August 1, 1976, Nwankwo was a player who advanced towards the Nigerian national team for 17 years, from 1994-2010. During his career from 1992–2012, he played for Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

In a career spanning two decades, Nwankwo remains one of Africa’s most successful football striker, winning more than 20 awards (individuals, countries and clubs).

The prizes include the Olympic gold medals in 1996 with Nigeria, and made its third appearance in English Premier League history, appearing on the bench 118 times. As a member of the national team, he made 87 international appearances, scoring 12 goals.

In 1999, Independent reported that Kanu was bought by Arsenal for £ 4, £ 5 million (US $ 5 million). In addition to his football career, Nwankwo is an entrepreneur. He had some investments in real estate, hotels, and oil. These was said to be worth more than $ 104 million.

Western Taribo

Born on March 26, 1974, Taribo West is a famous former defensive player with unique and colorful hairstyles. He started his professional career for Obanta United in 1989.

After a successful test in 1993, he joined Auxerre and helped them reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

West had an unstable career with some controversy that saw him move to different teams in a short time. From 1994 to 2005, he played 42 international games without goals for Nigeria. He eventually retired in 2008 and is now a Christian pastor at the church he founded, Shelter in The Miracle of the Storms of all nations.

AFCON 2021 rescheduled, Liverpool and the English teams distorted

The Cameroon host has confirmed that the AFCON AFC (AFCON 2021) will switch the playing time from summer to January and February. This is not very happy information for the Premier League teams in particular and many European national championships in general.

Premier League clubs pursuing the championship title, including Liverpool will face the absence of African players for 6 weeks, after Cameroon host confirmed AFCON 2021 will host again on January as usual.

Initially, the final round was agreed to be held in June and July, but due to weather conditions did not allow, Cameroon football federation decided to switch to the period from January 9 to 2 February 2021.

“After listening to various arguments and views, especially from Colombian meteorology agencies, coaches and players, AFCON organizers have received authorization from the Regulatory Committee. to execute the CAF (African Football Federation) to make a decision”. CAF posted on Twitter, after a meeting between representatives of participating countries at the African Football Federation.

Liverpool can lose Salah in 1 month because of AFCON 2021

As is known, since 1960, the finals have been regularly held in the winter and early spring, but last year changed when the tournament in Egypt was held in the summer. However, after only 1 AFCON period, the tournament was returned to the familiar time.

CAF and Cameroon’s host country change the schedule will make the teams in the top European leagues distorted, in which the Premier League is greatly affected, when the club may not be able to recover. affair of African stars for about a month.

In the Premier League, Liverpool is probably the most unhappy team as they will lose Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Senegal) on the offensive front. Not to mention, in the lineup of The Reds there is Naby Keita (Guinea).

In addition to Liverpool, Arsenal will also suffer losses with two offensive players, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) and Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast). Man City, Man United and many other teams will also suffer some losses from this information.

Top 10 richest football players in Africa all time

Football is the king of all sports. It is attractive all fans and players to the football matches. So many young people have dream to became stars in football to brighten up and earn much money.

The fact that, famous footballers can earn so much profits from prizes, advertising agreements. So it looks strong willingness to push more young people to this dream.

In this article, we share top 10 richest football players in Africa. Although Africa is not the most famous place about football, they still own many talents which contributed to make frame for Africa football history.

4/ Jay-Jay Okocha

Jay-Jay Okacha has ever regraded as Lionel Messi of Africa because he has the same style and performance as Messi. He has a good footballer with skills, confidence and fair play when supporting other teammates.

Someone thinks that his name is double talent. He played for many big clubs such as Bolton Wanderers, Paris Saint Germain or Hull City. He was a key person of the Nigeria National team.

In 2015, his net worth was $150 million.

5/ Nwankwo Kanu

Kanu has retired since 2015.

He was ever one of the legend of Nigeria football when he got winning individuals, nation as well international clubs at anywhere he played.

In the Nigeria national team, he plated as captain to lead team to all competitions within 16 years. He also was a star of several famous clubs in Europe such as Arsenal, Portsmouth, Ajax, and Inter Milan.

In 2015, his net worth was $100 million, so he ranked in the 5th position in top the richest footballer in Africa.

6/ Michael Essien

He is ranked the 6th with the net worth 70$ million in 2015. Now he is playing at Panathinaikos.

In his career, he had ever got excellent performance for Chelsea at the Premier League. He went with team had the highest titles such as Champion in Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Top 10 best football players from Nigeria (Part 1)

With a population of about 186 million people, Nigeria is a country with a lot of sports interests, but a famous celebrity is football. Since 1949, when a group of Nigerian football players were recruited to form ‘England Travelers’, a touring team representing Nigeria in Europe, it produced some of the best football players in Africa.

In 1953, Titus Okere joined Swindon Town FC as the first Nigerian football player to play for an international team and since then, many other talented football players have emerged from this country. Here is a list of some of the best football players from Nigeria.

Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh is a former Nigerian footballer and soccer player, during his active years, playing as a defensive midfielder. Born on September 14, 1974, his football career lasted from 1989 to 2006 when he retired at the age of 32.

During his professional career, he played for teams Julius Berger, RFC Liège, Reggiana, Ajax, Juventus and Genk among others, and the Nigeria National Team from 1993–2002. As a club manager, he manages Eupen, Verviétois, Nigeria, and currently Fortuna Sittard.

At the age of 19, his special skill earned 1, 5 million Euros (1, 8 million USD) transferred to Köln from Reggiana and 22 Ajax bought him for 2, 3 million euros (2, 7 million USD). Oliseh played for Nigeria at the World Cup in 1994 and 1998, played 54 international matches and scored twice for Nigeria.

However, he was most fondly remembered when he scored a goal in a group stage match against Spain at the 1998 World Cup. Oliseh is worth an estimated 3, 4 million euros (US $ 4 million).

Jay-Jay Okocha

Known as “Jay-Jay”, Augustine Azuka Okocha was born on August 14, 1973. He played as an attacking midfielder from 1990-2008 and is known for his skill, confidence and dribbling skills.

During his career, he played for Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC and Hull City. For Nigeria, he played 75 international matches and scored 14 goals from 1993-2006. Since retiring in 2008, he is now an entrepreneur, owns several companies in his hometown, and is estimated to be worth about 127 million euros (US $ 150 million).

Being treated unfairly, will the Golden Ball of Africa leave Liverpool?

Sadio Mane is currently the most important pillar of Liverpool’s play. But the 2019 African Golden Ball is not happy with coach Klopp in one problem. 

Is Mane discontented in Liverpool?

Sadio Mane recently shocked Liverpool fans by saying if the team was not awarded the 2019/20 Premier League championship because of the Covid-19 pandemic, he would also accept. Then the following day, Mane revealed that he was close to the great rival MU, if not rejected by coach Van Gaal.

Mane was angry with coach Klopp and Salah

Since that time, Liverpool fans have been concerned that it seems that Sadio Mane no longer wholeheartedly stays at Anfield. Along with that, the news about Mane demanding to leave Liverpool and this team recruited Kylian Mbappe increasingly dense. Now, the truth is gradually being revealed.

According to the Daily Express, Sadio Mane is dissatisfied with coach Jurgen Klopp because he publicly supported central defender Virgil van Dijk to win the 2019 Golden Ball title in December last year. Last season Mane, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah, shared the Premier League top scorer title with the same 22 goals, while Van Dijk was voted the Player of the tournament.

So both Mane and Van Dijk are formidable opponents of Lionel Messi in the 2019 Golden Ball race. But in the end, this noble reward ultimately belongs to Lionel Messi.

Will African Gold Ball leave?

These statements are also the source of the block of conflict between Mane and coach Klopp. Besides, he also gets angry with teammate Mohamed Salah for being selfish. The scandal only subsided when Klopp “took action” in the Liverpool locker room, without anyone knowing what the verdict was. However, Daily Express sources confirmed that, in the eyes of Mane’s assessment, he was being treated unfairly by the German military authorities compared to Salah and Van Dijk.

Mane won the 2019 African Golden Ball Award

Sadio Mane is still under contract with Liverpool until the summer of 2023. It has been reported that the Real Madrid leadership has expressed a desire to have Mane, and PSG is also willing to spend huge amounts of money to recruit the star.

In the summer of 2016, Liverpool spent £ 36 million to bring Sadio Mane to Anfield in the most expensive contract in club history at that time. 1 year later, the port team continued to spend 39 million pounds to get Mohamed Salah. And then again, the Virgil and Dijk and Alisson Becker far exceeded the transfer record that Mane once held.

In spite of Covid-19 pandemic, African football was bustling as normal

Football activities in Africa are still normal, despite the outbreak of Covid-19 that could break out on the black continent.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having complicated developments all over the world. Although Africa is a place with hot weather conditions, 162 cases have been recorded, of which 5 have died. Covid-19 is reported to have appeared in 13 countries in Africa.

Many high-class players in Europe returning to serve the national team will increase the risk of spreading the Covid-19 in Africa.

Faced with the complicated situation of the epidemic, many Football Unions in Africa have expressed concern. Kenya Football Federation (FKF) has submitted an application to the African Football Federation (CAF) to postpone the matches of the African Cup qualifier (AFCON 2021) scheduled to take place by the end of March.

However, in an FKF response, CAF stated that there was no reason to postpone continental football matches in Africa. As a precaution, some matches may take place without an audience.

CAF’s notice stated: “We would like to inform all football unions in Africa that we are closely monitoring the situation. Currently, WHO declares that no country in Africa is at risk. The large number of Covid-19 cases in Africa appear only in small numbers, still under control. Therefore, we will continue to maintain the schedule of the African football tournament as issued. The federations of members can take precautions themselves, such as kicking the audience.”

CAF’s decision is causing controversy when in the next AFCON 21 qualifying series, there will be a huge number of players who are playing in Europe (the heart of Covid-19) returning to serve the national teams. There is an extremely high risk of an outbreak in the continent that is still considered to be the world’s least developed medical level.

Top 10 richest football players in Africa all time

Although Africa is not famous for football like other continents, they own great talents about football. When their football industry has been not focused and growth strongly, many players are invited to Europe to play for top leagues. The fact that, African footballers are doing well to make more good reputation for their nations.

In this article, we discuss top 10 riches football players in Africa all the time. Following it to look back a few information about African footballer.

1, Samuel Eto’o

Samuel Eto’s is a former of Cameroon football team who has been offered at many famous clubs. Therefore, he is ranked the first African player with the highest salary. Estimated that he is valued 202$ million.

To create the hug capital, he has ever played for many rich clubs in England, Spain, Italy or Turkey. Going experience for per club, he also reaches titles and trophies successfully, except the World Cup.

Several most outstanding achievements are becoming the champions for Barcelona and Inter Milan at UEFA Champions League in 2 consecutive seasons. These achievements are admired.

2, Yaya Touré

He is a captain as well one of the greatest midfielders all time who is from Ivory Coast in Africa. He has ever played for 2 rich clubs Manchester City and Barcelona. During his career at both teams, he contributes his talent to reach Champions and Titles.

In addition, he also supports their national football team to win the Africa Cup and become the first time for Champion in this nation’s history.

According to report, he has about 170$ million so he is ranked for the 2nd richest football player in Africa.

3, Didier Drogba

He is a talented striker coming from Ivory Coast. He is the same decade with Samuel Etoo. They are stars to brighten talents for African to international football.

He has ever played for Chelsea. During his career, he is honored many trophies and tiles. Estimated that he has 155$ Million.

The issue of internal coaches and foreign coaches in African football

In the history of the World Cup, there are three African teams advance to the quarterfinals, all three teams are not led by domestic coach. So does this matter?

The biggest football tournament on the planet has come almost half way, but now we realize one thing, in a festival where “dozens” of African players have reached world class, but There are only two African coaches leading the teams at the 2018 World Cup: Aliou Cissé of Senegal and Nabil Maaloul of Tunisia.

In particular, Cisse is moving forward with Senegal when there was a win against Poland and a draw with Japan. With 4 points earned, the opportunity to continue in Group H is huge.

The president of the African nation, Macky Sall, who had attended the match against Poland in Moscow returned, but they certainly did not follow him. The opportunity is still there, a victory or at least one point ahead of the Colombian opponent will give them a ticket to go straight to the knockout round.

In the history of the FIFA World Cup finals, only three African teams made it to the quarter-finals, including Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. However, there was no African coach. Which leads one of the aforementioned teams. Cisse was in Korea 16 years ago, was the spiritual leader with his teammates to win 1-0 in the first match against the defending champion at the time, France.

The hot topic in Africa since the first days

If you did not know, Senegal was still a French colony at that time, the players there if going abroad would play only one destination, France. But this year’s World Cup is different, the players on the list register to play football in many parts of the world, from the club Horoya A.C (Guinea) to Turkey, Italy and the Premier League.

The issue of internal coaches and foreign coaches, has been a hot topic in Africa since the first days. In 1934, when Egypt was attending the tournament for the first time, the captain was James McRae, a Scottish man. By 1970, when Marocco was the next African team to attend the World Cup, they were led by a Yugoslavian, Blagoje Vidinic.

The fact that foreign coaches have rushed into African countries has narrowed the chances of the domestic rulers. Tanzania even has a ban on non-national coaches, the ban was recently lifted.

Top famous African football teams in football history

African football is ranked middle in the world football background. And teams from the continent are always good candidates for professional football tournaments. In particular, the following African teams are considered the most famous in history.

Ivory Coast

 This team is nicknamed the “wild elephant” of Africa, representing the Ivory Coast in international football. The team is run by the Ivory Coast Football Federation. As of 2005, their biggest accomplishment was the African Cup championship in 1992. Next, in 2015, they once again defeated Ghana on penalties.

Ivory Coast has many bright football stars playing in Europe such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Emmanuel Eboué, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Wilfried Zaha, Salomon Kalou and Kolo Touré… The team that won the African football championship – Can is famous in 2015. And the record holder for the most goals for this team is Didier Drogba with a total of 65 goals.


Ghana is one of Africa’s oldest and most famous football teams in the continent. The Ghana national football team has represented Ghana’s international football association since the 1950s. This team has won the UN Cup of Africa four times, that is in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010. and 2015.

After the unbeaten series in 2005, the team went on to win the FIFA Africa Team of the Year award and reached the second round of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. At the FIFA World Cup 2010 In South Africa, Ghana is the third black team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup. 2014 is the 3rd consecutive year this team participated in the World Cup.

Ghana impressed with the top 4 World Cup 2010 achievements and 4 Can championships. In 2013, the Ghana Football Association launched Africa’s first continental football channel, called GFA TV. This is the exclusive channel to broadcast all the matches of the “Black Stars”.


Senegal is an African team in the very development stage. The team, founded in the early 1960s, was a regular competitor at the United Nations Africa Cup with runner-up in 2002.

The same year the team participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time and reached into the quarterfinals. After 16 years, this team had a memorable tournament with Nigeria when it became the third African team in the history of African teams playing in three consecutive World Cups.

Above are 3 of the most famous African teams in football history.