United Arab Republic v Sudan (1959 African Cup of Nations)

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1959 African Cup of Nations Final
Event1959 African Cup of Nations
Date29 May 1959
VenueAl Ahly Stadium, Cairo
RefereeZivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)

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.[1][2]


Positions before the final round
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Republic 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 2
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

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.[3][4]


Match details[edit]

United Arab Republic 2–1 Sudan
Baheeg Goal 12'89' Report Manzul Goal 65'
Attendance: 30,000
United Arab Republic
GK   Adel Hekal
DF   Tarek Selim
DF   Yaken Hussein
DF   Rifaat El-Fanagily
DF   Taha Ismail
MF   Mimi El-Sherbini
MF   Mahmoud El-Gohary
MF   Sherif El-Far
MF   Saleh Selim
FW   Essam Baheeg
FW   Alaa El-Hamouly
Hungary Pál Titkos
GK   Samir Mohammed Ali
  Ahmed Mutawakil Mohammed El-Bashir
  Hassan Mohammed Al-Abd
  Ibrahim Mohammed Ali 'Ibrahim Kabir'
  Abbas Al-Hedi Syam
  Suleiman Difalla Al-Mahina
  Mahmoud Abd Zoubeir
  Boraî Bashir
  Mutalib Abdel-Nasser 'Drissa'
  Siddiq Manzul
  Abdullah Wahaga
Czechoslovakia Josef Hada


Team Pld
Final positions
 United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4
 Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0


  1. ^ "Football - Match CAF Nations Cup : Egypt vs. Sudan". Footballdatabase.eu. 1959-05-29. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  2. ^ "African Nations Cup 1959". Rsssf.com. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  3. ^ http://www.koorasudan.net/vb/showthread.php?t=77400
  4. ^ "نهائي كاس إفريقيا 1959 السودان مصر". YouTube. 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2016-08-15.