A history of football at the All Africa Games

A history of football at the All Africa Games
Ayabulela Magqwaka of South Africa battles with Muatasim Mohamed of Sudan during the All Africa Games Qualifier

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jul 06, 2015. 10:24

Football has been one of the mainstays of the All Africa Games ever since the event was first staged in 1965 in Brazzaville, Congo.

A Men’s football tournament has been staged at every single All Africa Games, while the Women’s tournament has been part of the event since 2003. The Men's tournament features an age limit of U-23 (the same as the Olympics), which has been in place since 1991.

This year’s games, which will be held in Brazzaville in September, will see the following teams compete in the Men’s tournament: Congo (hosts), Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

The following teams will compete in the Women’s tournament: Congo (hosts), Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.

The draw for the respective tournaments will be held on Thursday, 9 July 2015, at the CAF headquarters in Cairo.

On the Men’s side, Congo were the first All Africa Champions, defeating Mali in the final to claim Gold, while Ivory Coast beat Algeria 1-0 in the third-place playoff to secure the Bronze medals.

Cameroon are the most successful team in the tournament’s history, with four titles to their name from triumphs in 1991, 1999, 2003 and 2007.

The reigning champions are Ghana, who beat South Africa 4-2 on penalties in the 2011 final in Maputo, Mozambique.

As for the Women’s tournament, Cameroon are the reigning champions after a 1-0 win over Ghana in the 2011 final, while Nigeria claimed the titles in 2003 and 2007 after defeating South Africa in both Gold medal matches.

All Africa Games history, Men’s:

Most successful team: Cameroon – 4 Golds (1991, 1999, 2003, 2007)

1965 in Brazzaville, Congo
Gold: Congo
Silver: Mali
Bronze: Ivory Coast

1969 in Bamako, Mali – Games disrupted by military coup

1973 in Lagos, Nigeria
Gold: Nigeria
Silver: Guinea
Bronze: United Arab Republic (Egypt)

1978 in Algiers, Algeria
Gold: Algeria
Silver: Nigeria
Bronze: Ghana

1987 in Nairobi, Kenya
Gold: Egypt
Silver: Kenya
Bronze: Malawi

1991 in Cairo, Egypt
Gold: Cameroon
Silver: Tunisia
Bronze: Nigeria

1995 in Harare, Zimbabwe
Gold: Egypt
Silver: Zimbabwe
Bronze: Nigeria

1999 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Gold: Cameroon
Silver: Zambia
Bronze: South Africa

2003 in Abuja, Nigeria
Gold: Cameroon
Silver: Nigeria
Bronze: Ghana

2007 in Algiers, Algeria
Gold: Cameroon
Silver: Guinea
Bronze: Tunisia

2011 in Maputo, Mozambique
Gold: Ghana
Silver: South Africa
Bronze: Cameroon

All Africa Games history, Women’s:

Most successful team: Nigeria – 2 Golds (2003, 2007)

2003 in Abuja, Nigeria
Gold: Nigeria
Silver: South Africa
Bronze: Cameroon

2007 in Algiers, Algeria
Gold: Nigeria
Silver: South Africa
Bronze: Ghana

2011 in Maputo, Mozambique
Gold: Cameroon
Silver: Ghana
Bronze: Algeria



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