1959 African Cup of Nations

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1959 African Cup of Nations
كأس الأمم الأفريقية 1959
Tournament details
Host country United Arab Republic
Dates 22 – 29 May
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  United Arab Republic (2nd title)
Runners-up  Sudan
Third place  Ethiopia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 3
Goals scored (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) United Arab Republic Mahmoud El-Gohary
(3 goals)
Best player United Arab Republic Mahmoud El-Gohary
1957
1962
Participating 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.

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 teams[edit]

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Cairo
Al Ahly Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
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Final tournament[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4
 Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
22 May 1959
United Arab Republic  4–0  Ethiopia
El-Gohary Goal 29'42'73'
El-Sherbini Goal 64'
Report
Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Zivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)

25 May 1959
Sudan  1–0  Ethiopia
Drissa Goal 40' Report
Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: M. Tsissis (Greece)

29 May 1959
United Arab Republic  2–1  Sudan
Baheeg Goal 12'89' Report Manzul Goal 65'
Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Zivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)

Winners[edit]

 African Cup of Nations 1959 Champions 

United Arab Republic
2nd title

Scorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

External links[edit]

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