Following the climax of the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Senegal, who were winning their maiden crown, became the 15th different winner of the AFCON in history.
The Lions of Teranga saw off record-holders Egypt 4-2 in the shootouts following a goalless draw after extra time at Olembe Stadium on Sunday.
Thirty-three trophies have been won since the inaugural tournament in 1957, but only 15 countries have been crowned, and here they’re and how and where they landed their trophies.
Egypt has won it most, a record seven times in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 1957, they thrashed Ethiopia 4-0 to win the inaugural tournament in Sudan.
They defended their crown in 1959 as hosts by beating Sudan 2-1. They wouldn’t win it for the next 12 tournaments until they won their third in 1986 by edging Cameroon 5-4 in penalties following a goalless draw after extra time again as hosts.
Six tournaments later in 1998, they were crowned for the fourth time when they beat South Africa 2-0 in Burkina Faso. It took them another three tournaments minus winning it until they returned in 2006.
The Pharaohs became the only side to win three straight AFCON titles in 2006 when they beat Ivory Coast 4-2 in penalties following a goalless draw after extra as hosts, in 2008 and 2010 they edged Cameroon and Ghana 1-0 in the latter state and Angola respectively.
On five trophies, Cameroon follows Egypt in winning the AFCON the most times, the former won it in 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017. By landing their first in 1984, they beat Nigeria 3-1 in Ivory Coast.
The Indomitable Lions’ second came in 1988 when they edged the Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 at a tournament held in Morocco.
Five tournaments later they won their third by again edging Nigeria 4-3 in the shootouts following a 2-2 draw at a tournament co-hosted by the former and Ghana.
Cameroon defended their title in 2002 in Mali, when they edged Senegal 3-2 in post-match penalties following a goalless draw after extra time, before they beat Egypt 2-1 in Gabon to win their fifth.
Ghana follow suit on four titles won in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. They hosted and won their first AFCON in 1963 at the expense of Sudan, who they beat 3-0. In 1965 they retained the title by edging hosts Tunisia 3-2 after extra time.
The Black Stars endured a trophy-less drought for five tournaments until they beat Uganda 2-0 as hosts in 1978 before they won their fourth and last in 1982 when they edged hosts Libya 7-6 following a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has won it thrice in 1980, 1994 and 2013. The Super Eagles’ first title came in 1980 at home, when they beat Algeria 3-0. They would win it six tournaments later by beating Zambia 2-1 in Tunisia in 1994.
Their third took long to come but finally did 19 years later when they edged Burkina Faso 1-0 in 2013 at a tournament held in South Africa.
Democratic Republic Congo, Ivory Coast and Algeria are the three nations that have won the AFCON twice. DRC won it in 1968 and 1974. Ivory Coast was triumphant in 1992 and 2015, while Algeria was crowned in 1990 and 2019.
The Leopards of DRC touched silverware for the first time in 1968 when they edged Ghana 1-0 in Ethiopia while they beat Zambia 2-0 in Egypt in 1974 for their second.
Meanwhile, the Elephants of Ivory Coast edged Ghana 11-10 on penalty shootouts following a goalless draw after extra to win their first AFCON title in Senegal. Their second came after they again edged Ghana 9-8 on penalties following a goalless draw after extra time in Equatorial Guinea.
On the other hand, the Desert Foxes of Algeria won their first championship beating Nigeria in the final 1-0 as hosts, and they clinched their second after edging Senegal 1-0 in Egypt.
Ethiopia, Sudan, Congo, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia and now Senegal are the nine, one-time winners.
As hosts in 1962, the Walia Antelopes of Ethiopia beat Egypt 4-2 after extra time, Sudan who were also hosts in 1970, edged Ghana in the final for their only AFCON title.
The Red Devils of Congo beat Mali 3-2 in the final in Cameroon. The Atlas Lions of Morocco won it after topping Group A on five points in the final stage in 1976.
Bafana Bafana of South Africa won their only AFCON title as hosts in 1996 by beating Tunisia 2-0. The latter won the AFCON in 2004 when they beat Morocco 2-1 in the final in Ethiopia.
The Chipolopolo of Zambia won the 2012 edition co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea thanks to an 8-7 penalty shootout victory over Ivory Coast after both drew goalless after extra time.
The Lions of Teranga are the latest to join the winner’s list after their 4-2 victory over Egypt in the post-match penalties following a goalless draw after extra time in Cameroon.