National team appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations

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This article lists the performances of each of the 38 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Debut of teams[edit]

Each successive Africa Cup of Nations has had at least one team appearing for the first time. Teams in parentheses are considered successor teams by FIFA.

Year Debutants Total
1957  Egypt
 Ethiopia
 Sudan
3
1962  Tunisia
 Uganda
2
1963  Ghana
 Nigeria
2
1965  DR Congo
 Ivory Coast
 Senegal
3
1968  Algeria
 Congo
2
1970  Cameroon
 Guinea
2
1972  Kenya
 Mali
 Morocco
 Togo
4
1974  Mauritius
 Zambia
2
1978  Upper Volta 1
1980  Tanzania 1
1982  Libya 1
1984  Malawi 1
1986  Mozambique 1
1994  Gabon
 Sierra Leone
2
1996  Angola
 Liberia
 South Africa
3
1998  Namibia 1
2004  Benin
 Rwanda
 Zimbabwe
3
2012  Botswana
 Equatorial Guinea
 Niger
3
2013  Cape Verde 1

Comprehensive team results by tournament[edit]

Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarter-finals
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  — Qualified but withdrew
  •  •  — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter / Withdrew from the Africa Cup of Nations / Banned
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1957
(3)
1959
(3)
1962
(4)
1963
(6)
1965
(6)
1968
(8)
1970
(8)
1972
(8)
1974
(8)
1976
(8)
1978
(8)
1980
(8)
1982
(8)
1984
(8)
1986
(8)
1988
(8)
1990
(8)
1992
(12)
1994
(12)
1996
(15)
1998
(16)
2000
(16)
2002
(16)
2004
(16)
2006
(16)
2008
(16)
2010
(15)
2012
(16)
2013
(16)
Total apps
Central Africa Members
Cameroon
CMR
× × × × × GS 3rd GS 1st 2nd 1st GS 4th GS QF 1st 1st QF QF 2nd QF 16
Republic of the Congo
COG
× × × × × GS × 1st 4th GS × QF GS 6
Democratic Republic of the Congo
COD
× × × × GS 1st GS 4th 1st GS × × GS QF QF QF 3rd GS QF GS QF GS 15
Equatorial Guinea
EQG
× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × QF 1
Gabon
GAB
× × × × × × × × × × × GS QF GS GS QF 5
East Africa Members
Ethiopia
ETH
2nd 3rd 1st 4th GS 4th GS GS GS × × × × × GS 10
Kenya
KEN
× × GS × GS GS GS × GS 5
Rwanda
RWA
× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
Sudan
SDN
3rd 2nd 2nd 1st GS GS × × × × × GS QF 8
Tanzania
TAN
× × × × × × GS × × × × 1
Uganda
UGA
× × 4th × GS GS GS 2nd × × × 5
North Africa Members
Algeria
ALG
× × × × × GS 2nd 4th 3rd GS 3rd 1st GS •• QF GS QF GS QF 4th GS 15
Egypt
EGY
1st 1st 2nd 3rd × × 3rd 3rd 4th 4th × 4th 1st GS GS GS QF QF 1st QF QF GS 1st 1st 1st 22
Libya
LBY
× × × × × × × × × × 2nd × × × × × × GS GS 3
Morocco
MAR
× × × × × GS × 1st GS 3rd 4th 4th GS QF GS GS 2nd GS GS GS GS 15
Tunisia
TUN
× × 3rd GS 2nd × × × 4th × GS GS 2nd QF 4th GS 1st QF QF GS QF GS 16
Southern Africa Members
Angola
ANG
× × × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS GS QF QF GS GS 7
Botswana
BOT
× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS 1
Malawi
MWI
× × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
Mauritius
MRI
× × × × × GS × × 1
Mozambique
MOZ
× × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS GS GS 4
Namibia
NAM
× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
South Africa
RSA
× × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × × 1st 2nd 3rd QF GS GS GS QF 8
Zambia
ZAM
× × × × × × 2nd GS 3rd GS × 3rd QF 2nd 3rd GS GS GS GS GS QF 1st GS 16
Zimbabwe
ZIM
× × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS 2
West Africa Members
Benin
BEN
× × × × × × × × × × × × GS GS GS 3
Burkina Faso
BFA
4th 2nd 9
Cape Verde
CPV
QF 1
Ivory Coast
CIV
QF 20
Ghana
GHA
QF 4th 19
Guinea
GUI
10
Liberia
LBR
2
Mali
MLI
8
Niger
NIG
GS GS 2
Nigeria
NGA
× × × GS × 1st 2nd 1st 17
Senegal
SEN
12
Sierra Leone
SLE
2
Togo
TOG
QF 7

Results of host nations[edit]

Year Host nation Finish
1957  Sudan Semi-finalist
1959  United Arab Republic Champions
1962  Ethiopia Champions
1963  Ghana Champions
1965  Tunisia Runners-up
1968  Ethiopia Fourth Place
1970  Sudan Champions
1972  Cameroon Third Place
1974  Egypt Third Place
1976  Ethiopia Group Stage
1978  Ghana Champions
1980  Nigeria Champions
1982  Libya Runners-up
1984  Ivory Coast Group Stage
1986  Egypt Champions
1988  Morocco Fourth Place
1990  Algeria Champions
1992  Senegal Quarter-finalist
1994  Tunisia Group Stage
1996  South Africa Champions
1998  Burkina Faso Fourth Place
2000  Ghana Quarter-finalist
 Nigeria Runners-up
2002  Mali Fourth Place
2004  Tunisia Champions
2006  Egypt Champions
2008  Ghana Third Place
2010  Angola Quarter-finalist
2012  Equatorial Guinea Quarter-finalist
 Gabon Quarter-finalist
2013  South Africa Quarter-finalist
2015  Morocco TBD
2017  Libya TBD

Results of defending champions[edit]

Year Defending champions Finish
1959  United Arab Republic Champions
1962  United Arab Republic Runners-up
1963  Ethiopia Fourth Place
1965  Ghana Champions
1968  Ghana Runners-up
1970  Congo-Kinshasa Group Stage
1972  Sudan Group Stage
1974  Congo Fourth Place
1976  Zaire Group Stage
1978  Morocco Group Stage
1980  Ghana Group Stage
1982  Nigeria Group Stage
1984  Ghana Group Stage
1986  Cameroon Runners-up
1988  Egypt Group Stage
1990  Cameroon Group Stage
1992  Algeria Group Stage
1994  Ivory Coast Third Place
1996  Nigeria Withdrew
1998  South Africa Runners-up
2000  Egypt Quarter-finalist
2002  Cameroon Champions
2004  Cameroon Quarter-finalist
2006  Tunisia Quarter-finalist
2008  Egypt Champions
2010  Egypt Champions
2012  Egypt Did not qualify
2013  Zambia Group Stage
2015  Nigeria TBD

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