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1996 African Cup of Nations

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Host country  South Africa
Runners-up  Tunisia
Matches played  29
Best player  Kalusha Bwalya
Teams  15
Venue(s)  4 (in 4 host cities)
Fourth place  Ghana
Top scorer  Kalusha Bwalya
Dates  13 Jan 1996 – 3 Feb 1996
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Champions  South Africa (1st title)
Champion  South Africa national football team
Third place  Zambia national football team
Similar  1998 African Cup of N, 1994 African Cup of N, 2000 African Cup of N, 1992 African Cup of N, 1982 African Cup of N

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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.


Qualified teams

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.

First Round

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
  • Scorers

    5 goals
  • Kalusha Bwalya
  • 4 goals
    3 goals
    2 goals
    1 goal
    Own goal
  • Helder Vicente
  • CAF Team of the Tournament


  • Chokri El Ouaer
  • Defenders

  • Yasser Radwan
  • Mark Fish
  • Elijah Litana
  • Isaac Asare
  • Midfielders

  • Zoubeir Baya
  • Hazem Emam
  • Abedi Pele
  • Mark Williams
  • Forwards

  • Kalusha Bwalya
  • Anthony Yeboah
  • References

    1996 African Cup of Nations Wikipedia