The 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations is here. Well,
almost if you’re reading this before Egypt vs Zimbabwe kick things off in Group
A. The 32nd edition of the tournament has been expanded from 16 to
24 teams and will be played in the mid-year slot for the first time.
Even before kick-off, the tournament courted controversy,
largely centred around selection of the host. Egypt was eventually given the rights,
the fifth time that they’ll host the event.
Home ground advantage is often mooted as a key for
tournament success, but what does history say about that theory?
There’s much more to consider than simple stats, of course. Egypt
has always been considered one of Africa’s best teams. They’re certainly the
most successful in terms of Afcon trophies, having won it seven times – more than
any other side.
Of those seven wins, they were hosts on three occasions.
Overall, Afcon hosts were winners 11 times, but it’s not
happened since 2006. The host and champions on that occasion? Yep, Egypt.
Here’s a look at how the hosts have fared at Afcon
throughout the years.
(2000) and Equatorial Guinea/Gabon (2012) were co-hosts.
Tournament performance of Africa Cup of Nations hosts
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