| South Africa|
| 4 (in 4 host cities)|
13 Jan 1996 – 3 Feb 1996
| South Africa (1st title)|
South Africa national football team
Zambia national football team
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The 1996 African Cup of Nations was the 20th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by South Africa, who replaced original hosts Kenya. The field expanded for the first time to sixteen 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, reducing Group C to only three teams, and the field to fifteen. South Africa won its first championship, beating Tunisia in the final 2−0.
1996 African Cup of Nations Wikipedia
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.
Teams highlighted in green progress to the Quarter Finals.
Nigeria withdrew, so their three matches were canceled.vs. Zaire, 16 January 1996
vs. Liberia, 19 January 1996
vs. Gabon, 25 January 1996
Goalkeeper Chokri El Ouaer
Defenders Yasser Radwan
Midfielders Zoubeir Baya
Forwards Kalusha Bwalya