Who has won the most AFCON titles? Full list of all-time Africa Cup of Nations champions

AFCON 2024 gets underway in the Ivory Coast from January 13, 2024 with Senegal aiming to defend their iconic title from 2022.

Senegal secured a first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title in dramatic style as they edged out a penalty shootout final win over rivals Egypt in Cameroon in February 2022.

The Lions of Teranga will be hoping to become just the fourth team to defend an AFCON title in 2024 following in the historic footsteps of Ghana, Cameroon and Egypt if they can do so.

The Sporting News looks at the key stories from AFCON 2024 qualification, including who made the final 24-team list and who missed out.

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Who has won the most Africa Cup of Nations titles?

Egypt have been the dominant nation in Africa Cup of Nations history with The Pharaohs winning seven titles including the first edition of the competition back in 1957.

Six other nations have won the trophy more than once with a overall total of 15 winners of the tournament.

AFCON winners
Rank Nation AFCON titles Years won
1. Egypt 7 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008, 2010
2. Cameroon 5 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017
3. Ghana 4 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
4. Nigeria 3 1980, 1994, 2013
5. Ivory Coast 2 1992, 2015
= Algeria 2 1990, 2019
= DR Congo 2 1968, 1974
8. Zambia 1 2012
= Tunisia 1 2004
= Sudan 1 1970
= Senegal 1 2021
= Ethiopia 1 1962
= Morocco 1 1976
= South Africa 1 1996
= Congo 1 1972

When is AFCON 2024?

AFCON 2024 starts on January 13th, 2024 with the final scheduled for February 11th.

The tournament will include six groups of four teams (A-F) with the top two teams automatically qualifying for the Round of 16 knockout stage.

Those 12 teams will be joined by the four best-performing third placed nations from the six groups, with criteria based on head-to-head results between teams and secondly head-to-head goal difference.

AFCON 2024 round dates, schedule

Hosts Ivory Coast will kick off the tournament, playing in the opening fixture against Guinea-Bissau on January 13 in Abidjan.

The Round of 16 starts on January 27, with the quarterfinal and semifinals beginning on February 2 and 7 respectively.

AFCON 2024 schedule
Round Date
Group Stage  January 13-24, 2024
Round of 16 January 27-30, 2024
Quarterfinal February 2-3, 2024
Semifinal February 7, 2024
Third place playoff February 10, 2024
Final February 11, 2024

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