1996 African Cup of Nations

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1996 African Cup of Nations
Africa Cup of Nations 1996 official logo
Tournament details
Host country South Africa
Dates 13 January – 3 February
Teams 15 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  South Africa (1st title)
Runners-up  Tunisia
Third place  Zambia
Fourth place  Ghana
Tournament statistics
Matches played 29
Goals scored 78 (2.69 per match)
Attendance 640,880 (22,099 per match)
Top scorer(s) Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
(5 goals)
Best player Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
1994
1998

The 1996 African 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, reducing Group C to only three teams, and the field to fifteen. South Africa won its first championship, beating Tunisia in the final 2−0.

Qualified teams[edit]

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.

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Johannesburg Durban
FNB Stadium Kings Park Stadium
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Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 52,000
Bloemfontein Port Elizabeth
Free State Stadium EPRU Stadium
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Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 33,852

First Round[edit]

Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals.

Group A[edit]

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
13 January 1996
South Africa  3–0  Cameroon
Masinga Goal 15'
Williams Goal 37'
Moshoeu Goal 55'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

15 January 1996
Egypt  2–1  Angola
El-Kass Goal 30'33' Quinzinho Goal 77'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

18 January 1996
Cameroon  2–1  Egypt
Omam-Biyik Goal 36' (pen.)
Tchami Goal 59'
Maher Goal 48'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

20 January 1996
South Africa  1–0  Angola
Williams Goal 57'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Fethi Boucetta (Tunisia)

24 January 1996
South Africa  0–1  Egypt
El-Kass Goal 7'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Lucien Bouchardeau (Niger)

24 January 1996
Angola  3–3  Cameroon
Joni Goal 38' (pen.)
Paulão Goal 57'
Quinzinho Goal 80'
Omam-Biyik Goal 25'
Mouyeme Goal 82'
Hélder Vicente Goal 90' (o.g.)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)

Group B[edit]

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
14 January 1996
Zambia  0–0  Algeria
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

15 January 1996
Sierra Leone  2–1  Burkina Faso
Sessay Goal 11'
Mohamed Kallon Goal 89'
Ouédraogo Goal 74'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Okoampa (Ghana)

18 January 1996
Algeria  2–0  Sierra Leone
Meçabih Goal 41'63'

20 January 1996
Zambia  5–1  Burkina Faso
Malitoli Goal 18'
K. Bwalya Goal 24'35'
Lota Goal 44'
J. Bwalya Goal 45'
Y. Traoré Goal 53'

24 January 1996
Algeria  2–1  Burkina Faso
Lounici Goal 2'
Dziri Goal 75'
Zongo Goal 83'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 180
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

24 January 1996
Zambia  4–0  Sierra Leone
K. Bwalya Goal 2'9'84'
Malitoli Goal 87'

Group C[edit]

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
16 January 1996
Gabon  1–2  Liberia
Nzeng Goal 59' Sebwe Goal 5' (pen.)
Sarr Goal 54'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

19 January 1996
Gabon  2–0  Zaire
Mackaya Goal 21' (pen.)
Bekogo Goal 34'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

25 January 1996
Zaire  2–0  Liberia
Lukaku Goal 5' (pen.)
Essende Goal 72'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

 Nigeria withdrew, so their three matches were canceled.

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

Group D[edit]

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
14 January 1996
Ghana  2–0  Ivory Coast
Yeboah Goal 20'
Pelé Goal 70'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

16 January 1996
Tunisia  1–1  Mozambique
Berkhissa Goal 24' Bucuane Goal 4'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

19 January 1996
Ghana  2–1  Tunisia
Pelé Goal 50'
Akonnor Goal 77'
Ben Younes Goal 72'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Petros Mathabela (South Africa)

21 January 1996
Ivory Coast  1–0  Mozambique
Tiéhi Goal 32'

25 January 1996
Tunisia  3–1  Ivory Coast
Ben Younes Goal 32'38'
Ben Hassen Goal 48'
M. Traoré Goal 84'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

25 January 1996
Ghana  2–0  Mozambique
Pelé Goal 42'
Aboagye Goal 68'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

Knockout Stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
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 Third place
January 28 - Durban
    Tunisia  4  
  Gabon  1 (1)   Ghana  0
  Tunisia (pen)  1 (4)     Zambia  1
February 3 - Johannesburg

Quarterfinals[edit]

27 January 1996
South Africa  2–1  Algeria
Fish Goal 72'
Moshoeu Goal 85'
Lazizi Goal 84'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

27 January 1996
Zambia  3–1  Egypt
Litana Goal 58'
Mutale Goal 65'
Lota Goal 76'
S. Kamouna Goal 43'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

28 January 1996
Gabon  1–1
(a.e.t.)
 Tunisia
Mackaya Goal 16' Baya Goal 10'
  Penalties  
Mackaya Penalty missed
Kassa-Ngoma Penalty missed
Bekogo-Zogo Penalty scored
1–4 Penalty scored Sellimi
Penalty scored Fekhi
Penalty scored Ben Slimane
Penalty scored El Ouaer
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

28 January 1996
Ghana  1–0  Zaire
Yeboah Goal 22'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Semifinals[edit]

31 January 1996
South Africa  3–0  Ghana
Moshoeu Goal 22'87'
Bartlett Goal 46'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

31 January 1996
Zambia  2–4  Tunisia
Lota Goal 68'
Makasa Goal 90'
Sellimi Goal 16'85' (pen.)
Baya Goal 20'
Ghodhbane Goal 47'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Lucien Bouchardeau (Niger)

Third place match[edit]

3 February 1996
Ghana  0–1  Zambia
J. Bwalya Goal 51'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Final[edit]

3 February 1996
South Africa  2–0  Tunisia
Williams Goal 73'75'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Winners[edit]

 African Cup of Nations 1996 Champions 

South Africa
1st title

Scorers[edit]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

CAF Team of the Tournament[edit]

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

External links[edit]