1962 African Cup of Nations

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1962 African Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Ethiopia
Dates 14 – 21 January
Teams 4 (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 played 4
Goals scored 18 (4.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ethiopia Mengistu Worku
United Arab Republic Badawi Abdel Fattah
(3 goals each)
Best player 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.[1]

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 7 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals.

Qualified teams[edit]

The 4 qualified teams are:



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

Final tournament[edit]

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


14 January 1962
Ethiopia  4–2  Tunisia
Vassalo Goal 32' (pen.)75'
Tekle Goal 36'
Worku Goal 69'
Merrichkou Goal 13'
Chérif Goal 29'

18 January 1962
United Arab Republic  2–1  Uganda
Badawi Goal 50'
Selim Goal 57'
Jonathan Goal 16'

Third place match[edit]

20 January 1962
Tunisia  3–0  Uganda
Jedidi Goal 3'
Laaouini Goal 53'
Meddab Goal 85'


21 January 1962
Ethiopia  4–2
 United Arab Republic
Tekle Goal 74'
Worku Goal 84'118'
Vassalo Goal 101'
Badawi Goal 35'75'


 1962 African Cup of Nations Champions 

1st title


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


  1. ^ Thomas, Durosimi (2012-10-20). "New dawn for Ethiopia after Nations Cup qualification". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

External links[edit]

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