1962 African Cup of Nations
|Dates||14 – 21 January|
|Teams||4 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Ethiopia (1st title)|
|Runners-up||United Arab Republic|
|Goals scored||18 (4.5 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Badawi Abdel Fattah
(3 goals each)
|Best player||Mengistu Worku|
The 1962 African Cup of Nations was the third edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Ethiopia. Nine countries entered the competition, including the reigning champions Egypt, meaning for the first time a qualification tournament was required. The finals only included four teams. Egypt, as holders, and Ethiopia as hosts, qualified automatically meaning each needed to play only one game to reach the final. Ethiopia won the tournament for the first time after extra time in the final.
This tournament has the highest goals-per-game average in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
|Qualification for championships (CAF)|
This page details the process of qualifying for the 1962 African Cup of Nations. 9 African nations initially entered the competition. Ethiopia and Egypt both automatically qualified as the host country and title holders respectively. Morocco would withdraw before play began, thus leaving only 6 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.
|Ethiopia (hosts)||3rd||1959||Runners-up (1957)|
|United Arab Republic||3rd||1959||Winners (1957, 1959)|
|Hailé Sélassié Stadium|
|14 January – Addis Ababa|
|21 January – Addis Ababa|
|United Arab Rep.||2|
|18 January – Addis Ababa||20 January – Addis Ababa|
|United Arab Rep.||2||Tunisia||3|
14 January 1962
|Vassalo 32' (pen.), 75'
18 January 1962
|United Arab Republic||2–1||Uganda|
Third place match
20 January 1962
21 January 1962
|United Arab Republic|
Worku 84', 118'
|Badawi 35', 75'|
|1962 African Cup of Nations Champions|
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Thomas, Durosimi (2012-10-20). "New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
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