1959 African Cup of Nations
|كأس الأمم الأفريقية 1959|
|Host country||United Arab Republic|
|Dates||22 – 29 May|
|Teams||3 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||United Arab Republic (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||8 (2.67 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Mahmoud El-Gohary
|Best player||Mahmoud El-Gohary|
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.
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 Pal 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.
|Al Ahly Stadium|
|United Arab Republic||2||2||0||0||6||1||+5||4|
22 May 1959
|United Arab Republic||4–0||Ethiopia|
|El-Gohary 29', 42', 73'
25 May 1959
29 May 1959
|United Arab Republic||2–1||Sudan|
|Baheeg 12', 89'||Report||Manzul 65'|
|African Cup of Nations 1959 Champions|
United Arab Republic
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal