1996 African Cup of Nations
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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.

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
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 52,000
Bloemfontein Port Elizabeth
Free State Stadium EPRU Stadium
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 Goal 15'
Williams Goal 37'
Moshoeu Goal 55'
FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

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

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

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

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

Angola 3–3 Cameroon
Joni Goal 38' (pen.)
Paulão Goal 57'
Quinzinho Goal 80'
Omam-Biyik Goal 25'
Mouyeme Goal 82'
Hélder Vicente Goal 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 Goal 11'
Mohamed Kallon Goal 89'
Ouédraogo Goal 74'
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Okoampa (Ghana)

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

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

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

Zambia 4–0 Sierra Leone
K. Bwalya Goal 2'9'84'
Malitoli Goal 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 Goal 59' Sebwe Goal 5' (pen.)
Sarr Goal 54'
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)

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

Zaire 2–0 Liberia
Lukaku Goal 5' (pen.)
Essende Goal 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 Goal 20'
Pelé Goal 70'
EPRU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)

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

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

Ivory Coast 1–0 Mozambique
Tiéhi Goal 32'

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

Ghana 2–0 Mozambique
Pelé Goal 42'
Aboagye Goal 68'

Knockout stage

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

Quarterfinals

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

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

Gabon 1–1 (a.e.t.) Tunisia
Mackaya Goal 16' Report Baya Goal 10'
Penalties
Mackaya Penalty missed
Kassa-Ngoma Penalty missed
Bekogo-Zogo Penalty scored
1–4 Penalty scored Sellimi
Penalty scored Fekhi
Penalty scored Ben Slimane
Penalty scored El Ouaer
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)

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

Semifinals

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

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

Third place match

Ghana 0–1 Zambia
J. Bwalya Goal 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 Goal 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