1959 Africa Cup of Nations

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1959 Africa Cup of Nations
كأس أمم أفريقيا 1959
Tournament details
Host country United Arab Republic
Dates22 – 29 May
Teams3 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions United Arab Republic (2nd title)
Runners-up Sudan
Third place Ethiopia
Tournament statistics
Matches played3
Goals scored8 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Republic Mahmoud El-Gohary
(3 goals)
Best player(s)United Arab Republic Ad-Diba
Participating nations

The 1959 Africa 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]

Team Finals
Previous best
 Ethiopia 2nd 1957 Runners-up (1957)
 Sudan 2nd 1957 Third place (1957)
 United Arab Republic (hosts) 2nd 1957 Winners (1957)



Prince Farouk Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
Towers on the Nile.jpg

Final tournament[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
 United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4 Champion
 Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
United Arab Republic 4–0 Ethiopia
El-Gohary Goal 29'42'73'
El-Sherbini Goal 64'
Attendance: 30,000

Sudan 1–0 Ethiopia
Abd El-Muttalib Naser "Drissa" Goal 40' Report
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: M. Tsissis (Greece)

United Arab Republic 2–1 Sudan
Baheeg Goal 12'89' Report Manzul Goal 65'
Attendance: 30,000


 African Cup of Nations 1959 Champions 

United Arab Republic
2nd title


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