1962 African Cup of Nations

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1962 African Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host countryEthiopia
Dates14 – 21 January
Teams4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Ethiopia (1st title)
Runners-up United Arab Republic
Third place Tunisia
Fourth place Uganda
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored18 (4.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Republic Badawi Abdel Fattah
Ethiopia Luciano Vassalo[1]
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Ethiopia Mengistu Worku
Participating nations

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.[2]

This tournament has the highest goals-per-game average in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Qualified teams[edit]

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.

Team Finals
Previous best
 Ethiopia (hosts) 3rd 1959 Runners-up (1957)
 Tunisia 1st none Debut
 Uganda 1st none Debut
 United Arab Republic 3rd 1959 Winners (1957, 1959)



Addis Ababa
Hailé Sélassié Stadium
Capacity: 30,000
Addis Ababa Stadium.jpg

Final tournament[edit]

14 January – Addis Ababa
 Ethiopia 4
21 January – Addis Ababa
 Tunisia 2
 Ethiopia (aet) 4
18 January – Addis Ababa
 United Arab Rep. 2
 United Arab Rep. 2
 Uganda 1
Third place
20 January – Addis Ababa
 Tunisia 3
 Uganda 0


Ethiopia 4–2 Tunisia
Vassalo Goal 32' (pen.)75'
Tekle Goal 36'
Worku Goal 69'
Merrichkou Goal 13'
Chérif Goal 29'

Third place match[edit]

Tunisia 3–0 Uganda
Jedidi Goal 3'
Laaouini Goal 53'
Meddab Goal 85'


Ethiopia 4–2
 United Arab Republic
Tekle Goal 74'
L. Vassalo Goal 84'[3]
Worku Goal 118'
Vassalo Goal 101'
Badawi Goal 35'75'


 1962 African Cup of Nations Champions 

1st title


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. ^ https://www.national-football-teams.com/player/59834/Luciano_Vassalo.html
  2. ^ Thomas, Durosimi (2012-10-20). "New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
  3. ^ http://www.ethiosports.com/2013/01/21/51-years-ago-today-ethiopia-won-the-3rd-african-nations-cup/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 9°00′48″N 38°45′23″E / 9.01333°N 38.75639°E / 9.01333; 38.75639