1963 African Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host countryGhana
Dates24 November – 1 December
Teams6 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Ghana (1st title)
Runners-up Sudan
Third place United Arab Republic
Fourth place Ethiopia
Tournament statistics
Matches played8
Goals scored33 (4.13 per match)
Top scorer(s)United Arab Republic Hassan El-Shazly
(6 goals)
Best player(s)United Arab Republic Hassan El-Shazly
1962
1965

The 1963 African Cup of Nations was the fourth edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the association football championship of Africa (CAF). For the third consecutive time the hosts won the African Cup. The format changed: two groups of 3 teams each, the winners played the final, the runners-up could only play Third Place final. The final in Accra on 1 December saw the hosts winning 3-0 on Sudan, after the first half finished 0−0.

This tournament, and the previous one, are the only Africa Cup of Nations tournaments with more than four goals-per-game average.

Qualified teams

Main article: 1963 African Cup of Nations qualification

Team Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
 Ethiopia 4th 1962 Winners (1962)
 Ghana (hosts) 1st none Debut
 Nigeria 1st none Debut
 Sudan 3rd 1959 Runners-up (1959)
 Tunisia 2nd 1962 Third place (1962)
 United Arab Republic 4th 1962 Winners (1957, 1959)

Squads

Main article: 1963 African Cup of Nations squads

Venues

Accra
Locations of the 1963 African Cup of Nations venues
Kumasi
Accra Sports Stadium Kumasi Sports Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,500

Group stage

Key to colours in group tables
Top placed teams advanced to the final
2nd placed teams advanced to the 3rd Place Match

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 3
 Ethiopia 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
 Tunisia 2 0 1 1 3 5 −2 1
Source:[citation needed]
Ghana 1–1 Tunisia
Mfum Goal 9' Jedidi Goal 36'

Ghana 2–0 Ethiopia
Acquah Goal Goal

Ethiopia 4–2 Tunisia
Worku Goal Goal
Tekle Goal
Tesfaye Goal
Chetali Goal 15'
Jedidi Goal 67'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sudan 2 1 1 0 6 2 +4 3
 United Arab Republic 2 1 1 0 8 5 +3 3
 Nigeria 2 0 0 2 3 10 −7 0
Source:[citation needed]
United Arab Republic 6–3 Nigeria
Riza Goal 30'32'82'
El-Shazly Goal 42'44'81'
Ekpe Goal 78'
Bassey Goal 82'
Onyeawuna Goal 89'

United Arab Republic 2–2 Sudan
El-Shazly Goal 5'
Riza Goal 7'
Jaksa Goal 60'75'

Sudan 4–0 Nigeria
Jaksa Goal Goal
El-Kawarty Goal
Adam Goal

Knockout stage

Third place match

United Arab Republic 3–0 Ethiopia
El-Shazly Goal Goal
Yaqoub Goal

Final

Main article: 1963 African Cup of Nations Final

Ghana 3–0 Sudan
Aggrey-Fynn Goal 62' (pen.)
Acquah Goal 72'82'
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Referee: Hédi Ben Abdelkader (Tunisia)

Scorers

6 goals
4 goals
2 goals
1 goal