1972 African Cup of Nations

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1972 African Cup of Nations
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 1972
Tournament details
Host country Cameroon
Dates 23 February – 5 March
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Congo (1st title)
Runners-up  Mali
Third place  Cameroon
Fourth place  Zaire
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 53 (3.31 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mali Fantamady Keita
(5 goals)
Best player Republic of the Congo François M'Pelé
1970
1974

The 1972 African Cup of Nations was the eighth edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Cameroon, in the cities of Yaoundé and Douala. Just like in 1970, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. The People's Republic of the Congo won its first championship, beating Mali in the final 3−2.

Qualified teams[edit]

The 8 qualified teams are:

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Yaoundé
Locations of the 1972 African Cup of Nations venues
Douala
Stade Omnisports Stade de la Réunification
Capacity: 38,720 Capacity: 30,000
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Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Mali 3 0 3 0 5 5 0 3
 Kenya 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 Togo 3 0 2 1 4 6 −2 2
23 February 1972
Cameroon  2–1  Kenya
N'Doga Goal 7'
N'Dongo Goal 20'
Niva Goal 44'

24 February 1972
Mali  3–3  Togo
B Traoré Goal 10'
F. Keita Goal 46'
B. Touré Goal 49'
Kaolo Goal 45' (pen.)60'81'
Stade Omnisports, Yaoundé
Referee: Andre Bernard Ickias (Congo)

26 February 1972
Mali  1–1  Kenya
F. Keita Goal 45' Nicodémus Goal 60'

26 February 1972
Cameroon  2–0  Togo
Maya Goal 64'
Mvé Goal 79'
Stade Omnisports, Yaoundé
Referee: Babikr Eissa (Sudan)

28 February 1972
Togo  1–1  Kenya
Kaolo Goal 60' Pelé Ouma Goal 30'

28 February 1972
Cameroon  1–1  Mali
N'Doumbé Goal 67' F. Keita Goal 43'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zaire 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4
 Congo 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 3
 Morocco 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 Sudan 3 0 2 1 4 6 −2 2
25 February 1972
Congo  1–1  Morocco
Moukila Goal 45' Faras Goal 34'

25 February 1972
Zaire  1–1  Sudan
Mayanga Goal 53' Hasabu El-Sagheer Goal 55'

27 February 1972
Morocco  1–1  Sudan
Faras Goal 32' Bushara Abdel-Nadief Goal 49'

27 February 1972
Zaire  2–0  Congo
N'Tumba Goal 16'59'

29 February 1972
Morocco  1–1  Zaire
Faras Goal 36' Mayanga Goal 3'

29 February 1972
Congo  4–2  Sudan
M'Bono Goal 8'55'
M'Pelé Goal 32'
Bahamboula Goal 46'
Abdel Wahab Goal 37'
Bushara Wahba Goal 44'

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
2 March – Yaoundé
   Cameroon   0  
   Congo   1  
 
4 March – Yaoundé
       Congo   3
     Mali   2
Third place
2 March – Douala 5 March – Yaoundé
   Zaire   3    Cameroon   5
   Mali (aet)   4      Zaire   2

Semifinals[edit]

2 March 1972
Cameroon  0–1  Congo
Minga Goal 31'

2 March 1972
Zaire  3–4
(a.e.t.)
 Mali
N'Tumba Goal 6'
Etepé Goal 61'
Ngassebe Goal 78'
A. Traoré Goal 17'
B. Touré Goal 68'
F. Keita Goal 48'92'

Third place match[edit]

4 March 1972
Cameroon  5–2  Zaire
Akono Goal 4' (pen.)
N'Dongo Goal 31'
Owona Goal 32'
Mouthé Goal 34'
N'Doga Goal 42'
Etepé Goal 13'
Mayanga Goal 17'

Final[edit]

5 March 1972
Congo  3–2  Mali
M'Bono Goal 57'59'
M'Pelé Goal 63'
Diakhité Goal 42'
M. Traoré Goal 75'

Winners[edit]

 African Cup of Nations 1972 Champions 

Congo
1st title

Scorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

CAF Team of the tournament[edit]

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

External links[edit]