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1996 African Cup of Nations - South Africa

Teams 15
Host South AfricaSouth Africa
Champions South AfricaSouth Africa (1st title)
Matches Played 29
Goals Scored 78 (2.69 per match)
Top Scorer(s) South AfricaMark Williams (RSA)
ZambiaKalusha Bwalya (ZAM)
5 goals

The 1996 African Cup of Nations was the 20th edition of the African 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.

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Host Cities & Venues

Cities Venues Capacity
Johannesburg Soccer City 80,000
Durban Kings Park Stadium 52,000
Bloemfontein Free State Stadium 40,000
Port Elizabeth EPRFU Stadium 33,852

Squads

For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see 1996 African Cup of Nations (squads)

Participating teams

Participating nations

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.

Finals

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Group Stages

Teams in Bold progress to the Quarter Finals, teams in italics are eliminated from the tournament.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 South Africa 6 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3
 Egypt 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 Cameroon 4 3 1 1 1 5 7 -2
 Angola 1 3 0 1 2 4 6 -2
January 13, 1996
South Africa  3-0  Cameroon Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Ref: Said Belqola (Morocco)
Masinga 15'
Williams 37'
Moshoeu 55'

January 15, 1996
Egypt  2-1  Angola Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 6,000
Ref: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
El-Kass 30', 33' Quinzinho 77'

January 18, 1996
Cameroon  2-1  Egypt Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 4,000
Ref: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)
Omam-Biyik 36' (pen)
Tchami 59'
Maher 48'

January 20, 1996
South Africa  1-0  Angola Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 30,000
Ref: Fethi Boucetta (Tunisia)
Williams 57'

January 24, 1996
South Africa  0-1  Egypt Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 20,000
Ref: Lucien Bouchardeau (Niger)
El-Kass 7'

January 24, 1996
Angola  3-3  Cameroon Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 6,000
Ref: Mohamed Kouradji (Algeria)
Joni 38' (pen)
Paulao 57'
Quinzinho 80'
Omam-Biyik 25'
Mouyeme 82'
Vicente 90' (OG)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Zambia 7 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8
 Algeria 7 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
 Sierra Leone 3 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5
 Burkina Faso 0 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6
January 14, 1996
Zambia  0-0  Algeria Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 9,000
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)

January 15, 1996
Sierra Leone  2-1  Burkina Faso Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 1,500
Ref: Okoampa (Ghana)
Sessay 11'
Mohamed Kallon 89'
Ouédraogo 74'

January 18, 1996
Algeria  2-0  Sierra Leone Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 1,500
Ref: Ian McLeod (South Africa)
Mecabih 41', 63'

January 20, 1996
Zambia  5-1  Burkina Faso Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 2,000
Ref: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
Malitoli 18'
K. Bwalya 24', 35'
Lota 44'
J. Bwalya 45'
Y. Traoré 53'

January 24, 1996
Algeria  2-1  Burkina Faso EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 180
Ref: Charles Masembe (Uganda)
Lounici 2'
Dziri 75'
Zongo 83'

January 24, 1996
Zambia  4-0  Sierra Leone Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 200
Ref: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)
K. Bwalya 2', 9', 84'
Malitoli 87'

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Gabon 3 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 Zaire 3 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
 Liberia 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1
January 16, 1996
Gabon  1-2  Liberia Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Ref: Al-Ghandour (Egypt)
Nzeng 59' Sebwe 5' (pen)
Sarr 54'

January 19, 1996
Gabon  2-0  Zaire Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Ref: Yengo (Congo)
Mackaya 21' (pen)
Bekogo 34'

January 25, 1996
Zaire  2-0  Liberia Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 3,000
Ref: Belqola (Morocco)
Lukaku 5' (pen)
Essende 72'

 Nigeria withdrew, so their three matches were cancelled.

  • vs.  Zaire, January 16, 1996
  • vs.  Liberia, January 19, 1996
  • vs.  Gabon, January 25, 1996

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Ghana 9 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5
 Tunisia 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Côte d'Ivoire 3 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3
 Mozambique 1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
January 14, 1996
Ghana  2-0  Côte d'Ivoire EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Ref: Masayoshi Okada (Japan)
Yeboah 20'
Pelé 70'

January 16, 1996
Tunisia  1-1  Mozambique EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Ref: Charles Masembe (Uganda)
Ben Rekhissa 24' Bucane 4'

January 19, 1996
Ghana  2-1  Tunisia EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Ref: Petros Mathabela (South Africa)
Pelé 50'
Akonnor 77'
Ben Younes 72'

January 21, 1996
Côte d'Ivoire  1-0  Mozambique EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 500
Ref: Gamal Al-Ghandour (Egypt)
Tiéhi 32'

January 25, 1996
Tunisia  3-1  Côte d'Ivoire EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 1,000
Ref: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Ben Younes 32', 38'
Ben Hassen 48'
M. Traoré 57'

January 25, 1996
Ghana  2-0  Mozambique Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 3,500
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Pele 42'
Aboagye 68'

Knockout Stages

Quarter finals Semi finals Final
                   
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 Third place
January 28 - Durban
    Tunisia  4  
  Gabon  1 (1)   Ghana  0
  Tunisia (pen)  1 (4)     Zambia  1
February 3 - Johannesburg

Quarterfinals

January 27, 1996
South Africa  2-1  Algeria Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 30,000
Ref: Ali Bujsaim (UAE)
Fish 72'
Moshoeu 85'
Lazizi 84'

January 27, 1996
Zambia  3-1  Egypt Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 8,500
Ref: Charles Masembe (Uganda)
Litana 58'
Mutale 65'
Lota 76'
S. Kamouna 43'

January 28, 1996
Gabon  1-1 (AET)
1-4 (PEN)
 Tunisia Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 4,000
Ref: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)
Mackaya 16' Beya 10'
    Penalties  
Mackaya Missed
Kassa-Ngoma Missed
Bekogo-ZogoScored
1-4 Scored Sellimi
Scored Fekhi
Scored Ben Slimane
Scored El Ouaer
 

January 28, 1996
Ghana  1-0  Zaire EPRFU Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Ref: Sidi Bekaye Magassa (Mali)
Yeboah 22'

Semifinals

January 31, 1996
South Africa  3-0  Ghana Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 75,000
Ref: Al-Ghandour (Egypt)
Moshoeu 22', 87'
Williams 46'

January 31, 1996
Zambia  2-4  Tunisia Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 5,000
Ref: Bouchardeau (Niger)
Lota 68'
Makasa 90'
Sellimi 16', 85' (pen)
Beya 20'
Godhbane 47'

Third place playoff

February 3, 1996
Ghana  0-1  Zambia Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Ref: Omer Yengo (Congo)
J. Bwalya 51'

Final

February 3, 1996
South Africa  2-0  Tunisia Soccer City, Johannesburg
Attendance: 80,000
Ref: Charles Masembe (Uganda)
Williams 73', 75'
 African Cup of Nations 1996 Champions 

South Africa
1st title

Individual scorers

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

Own goals

  • Angola Helder Vicente (1)

1 goal

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