United Arab Republic v Sudan was the decisive match of group stage at the 1959 African Cup of Nations. The match was played at the Al Ahly Stadium in Cairo on 29 May 1959. Unlike other Cup of Nations, the 1959 winner was determined by a final group stage, with the final three teams playing in round-robin format, instead of a knockout stage.
Each team had defeated Ethiopia but the goal difference was in favor of United Arab Republic, who had beaten Ethiopia 4-0 while Sudan had won 1-0.
Therefore, Sudan needed to win the last match to claim the title of African Cup of Nations; any other result would have the United Arab Republic retain the title they had won (as Egypt) in 1957.
United Arab Republic beat Sudan 2−1, therefore keeping first place in the group and winning their second consecutive title.
The road to the title in the 1959 African Cup of Nations was unique, with a round-robin group instead of a knockout stage. The three competition teams were United Arab Republic (host country), Sudan and Ethiopia.
United Arab Republic and Sudan won their matches against Ethiopia, UAR by 4–0 to go to top of the group, ahead of Sudan who won by 1–0.