1996 African Cup of Nations
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African Cup of Nations 1996 official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySouth Africa
Dates13 January – 3 February
Teams15 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions South Africa (1st title)
Runners-up Tunisia
Third place Zambia
Fourth place Ghana
Tournament statistics
Matches played29
Goals scored78 (2.69 per match)
Attendance640,880 (22,099 per match)
Top scorer(s)Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Zambia Kalusha Bwalya
1994
1998

The 1996 African Cup of Nations was the 20th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by South Africa, who replaced original hosts Kenya. The field expanded for the first time to 16 teams, split into four groups of four; the top two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. However, Nigeria withdrew from the tournament at the final moment under pressure from then-dictator Sani Abacha, reducing the field to 15.[1] South Africa won its first championship, beating Tunisia in the final 2–0.[2]

Qualified teams

Participating nations
Participating nations

For full qualification see: 1996 African Cup of Nations qualification

* Nigeria withdrew prior to the start of the finals. Guinea, as the best side to not qualify, was offered Nigeria's spot in the finals, but declined due to a lack of preparation time.

Squads

Main article: 1996 African Cup of Nations squads

Venues

Johannesburg Durban
FNB Stadium Kings Park Stadium
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King
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 52,000
Bloemfontein Port Elizabeth
Free State Stadium EPRU Stadium
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Boet Erasmus Stadium.jpg
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 33,852

First round

Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals.

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Africa 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6
 Egypt 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Cameroon 3 1 1 1 5 7 −2 4
 Angola 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
Source:[citation needed]
South Africa 3–0 Cameroon
Masinga 15'
Williams 37'
Moshoeu 55'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

Egypt 2–1 Angola
El-Kass 30', 33' Quinzinho 77'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Cameroon 2–1 Egypt
Omam-Biyik 36' (pen.)
Tchami 59'
Maher 48'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

South Africa 1–0 Angola
Williams 57'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Fethi Boucetta (Tunisia)

South Africa 0–1 Egypt
El-Kass 7'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Lucien Bouchardeau (Niger)

Angola 3–3 Cameroon
Joni 38' (pen.)
Paulão 57'
Quinzinho 80'
Omam-Biyik 25'
Mouyeme 82'
Hélder Vicente 90' (o.g.)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
 Algeria 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Sierra Leone 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
 Burkina Faso 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
Source:[citation needed]
Zambia 0–0 Algeria

Sierra Leone 2–1 Burkina Faso
Sessay 11'
Mohamed Kallon 89'
Ouédraogo 74'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Okoampa (Ghana)

Algeria 2–0 Sierra Leone
Meçabih 41', 63'

Zambia 5–1 Burkina Faso
Malitoli 18'
K. Bwalya 24', 35'
Lota 44'
J. Bwalya 45'
Y. Traoré 53'

Algeria 2–1 Burkina Faso
Lounici 2'
Dziri 75'
Zongo 83'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 180
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Zambia 4–0 Sierra Leone
K. Bwalya 2', 9', 84'
Malitoli 87'

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Gabon 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3
 Zaire 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
 Liberia 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 3
Source:[citation needed]
Gabon 1–2 Liberia
Nzeng 59' Sebwe 5' (pen.)
Sarr 54'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

Gabon 2–0 Zaire
Mackaya 21' (pen.)
Bekogo 34'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Zaire 2–0 Liberia
Lukaku 5' (pen.)
Essende 72'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

 Nigeria withdrew, so their three matches were canceled.

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
 Tunisia 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
 Mozambique 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source:[citation needed]
Ghana 2–0 Ivory Coast
Yeboah 20'
Pelé 70'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

Tunisia 1–1 Mozambique
Berkhissa 24' Bucuane 4'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Ghana 2–1 Tunisia
Pelé 50'
Akonnor 77'
Ben Younes 72'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Petros Mathabela (South Africa)

Ivory Coast 1–0 Mozambique
Tiéhi 32'

Tunisia 3–1 Ivory Coast
Ben Younes 32', 38'
Ben Hassen 48'
M. Traoré 84'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Ghana 2–0 Mozambique
Pelé 42'
Aboagye 68'

Knockout stage

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
27 January – Johannesburg
 
 
 South Africa 2
 
31 January – Johannesburg
 
 Algeria 1
 
 South Africa 3
 
28 January – Port Elizabeth
 
 Ghana 0
 
 Ghana 1
 
3 February – Johannesburg
 
 Zaire 0
 
 South Africa 2
 
27 January – Bloemfontein
 
 Tunisia 0
 
 Zambia 3
 
31 January – Durban
 
 Egypt 1
 
 Zambia 2
 
28 January – Durban
 
 Tunisia 4 Third place
 
 Gabon 1 (1)
 
3 February – Johannesburg
 
 Tunisia (pen.) 1 (4)
 
 Ghana 0
 
 
 Zambia 1
 

Quarterfinals

South Africa 2–1 Algeria
Fish 72'
Moshoeu 85'
Report Lazizi 84'

Zambia 3–1 Egypt
Litana 58'
Mutale 65'
Lota 76'
Report S. Kamouna 43'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Gabon 1–1 (a.e.t.) Tunisia
Mackaya 16' Report Baya 10'
Penalties
Mackaya
soccer ball with red X

Kassa-Ngoma
soccer ball with red X

Bekogo-Zogo soccer ball with check mark
1–4 soccer ball with check mark Sellimi
soccer ball with check mark Fekhi
soccer ball with check mark Ben Slimane
soccer ball with check mark El Ouaer
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

Ghana 1–0 Zaire
Yeboah 22' Report
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)

Semifinals

South Africa 3–0 Ghana
Moshoeu 22', 87'
Bartlett 46'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

Zambia 2–4 Tunisia
Lota 68'
Makasa 90'
Sellimi 16', 85' (pen.)
Baya 20'
Ghodhbane 47'

Third place match

Ghana 0–1 Zambia
J. Bwalya 51'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Omer Yengo (Congo)

Final

Main article: 1996 African Cup of Nations Final

South Africa 2–0 Tunisia
Williams 73', 75'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Charles Masembe (Uganda)

Scorers

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goal

CAF Team of the Tournament

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

References

  1. ^ "Nigerian players back boycott of finals". Independent.co.uk. 10 January 1996. Archived from the original on 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ "'South Africa's Rugby World Cup win was big – but this was even bigger'" – via www.bbc.co.uk.