Amílcar Cabral Cup

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Amílcar Cabral Cup
Founded 1979
Abolished 2007
Region West Africa (Zone 2)
Number of teams 8
Last champions Mali

The Amílcar Cabral Cup was an international association football tournament for Western African nations. The competition originally was played on an annual basis until 1989, since when it has been played on a biennial basis.

The tournament is named after Amílcar Cabral. There has been no edition since 2007. Mauretania were to host in 2009, then rescheduled the tournament to 2010 and later cancelled it altogether.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 1970 a predecessor tournament was started. The Tournoi de la zone 2 was held five times until 1977 with Mali winning three and Guinea winning two titles.[3][4]


Participant Nations[edit]

The following eight teams have regularly participated in the tournament. The teams are all in Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Zone 2, i.e. Western Africa. In some years, when a team withdrew a guest team was invited, like Benin in 2001.[5]

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1979
Details
Guinea-Bissau Guinea Bissau  Senegal 1–0  Mali  Guinea 2–2
(5–4) pk
 Guinea-Bissau
1980
Details
The Gambia Gambia  Senegal 1–0  Gambia  Guinea w/o  Mauritania
1981
Details
Mali Mali  Guinea 0–0
(6–5) pk
 Mali  Senegal 5–1  Cape Verde
1982
Details
Cape Verde Cape Verde Islands  Guinea 3–0  Senegal  Mali 2–1  Cape Verde
1983
Details
Mauritania Mauritania  Senegal 3–0  Guinea-Bissau  Mali 2–0  Mauritania
1984
Details
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone  Senegal 0–0
(5–4) pk
 Sierra Leone  Mali 2–0  Gambia
1985
Details
The Gambia Gambia  Senegal 1–0  Gambia  Mali 1–0  Cape Verde
1986
Details
Senegal Senegal  Senegal 3–1  Sierra Leone Third place match not played
1987
Details
Guinea Guinea  Guinea 1–0  Mali  Senegal 0–0
(3–0) pk
 Sierra Leone
1988
Details
Guinea-Bissau Guinea Bissau  Guinea 0–0 [Note]
(3–2) pk
 Mali  Senegal 2–1  Sierra Leone
1989
Details
Mali Mali  Mali 3–0  Guinea  Cape Verde 1–0  Sierra Leone
1991
Details
Senegal Senegal  Senegal 1–0  Cape Verde Third place match not played
1993
Details
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone  Sierra Leone 2–0  Senegal  Gambia 2–0  Mali
1995
Details
Mauritania Mauritania  Sierra Leone 0–0
(4–3) pk
 Mauritania  Cape Verde 1–0  Guinea-Bissau
1997
Details
The Gambia Gambia  Mali 1–0  Senegal  Guinea 2–2
(5–4) pk
 Gambia
2000
Details
Cape Verde Cape Verde Islands  Cape Verde 1–0  Senegal  Guinea 2–0  Mali
2001
Details
Mali Mali  Senegal U23 3–1  Gambia  Mali 2–1  Guinea-Bissau
2005
Details
Guinea Guinea  Guinea 1–0  Senegal U23  Mali B 1–0  Guinea-Bissau
2007
Details
Guinea-Bissau Guinea Bissau  Mali B 2–1  Cape Verde  Senegal U23 2–1  Guinea-Bissau

Note: There are contradictory reports of this match. According to the RSSSF page for the 1988 tournament, the match ended in 0–0 and Guinea won 4–2 on penalties. On a list of international matches of 1988, the match ended in 0–0 and Guinea won 3–2 on penalties. According to a head-to-head search between Guinea and Mali on FIFA website, Guinea won 3–2 in regular time.

Most Amílcar Cabral Cup wins[edit]

Wins Nation Year(s)
8 times  Senegal 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
5 times  Guinea 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
3 times  Mali 1989, 1997, 2007
2 times  Sierra Leone 1993, 1995
1 time  Cape Verde 2000

References[edit]

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