The Africa Cup Of Nations is a soccer competition contested by national teams and is organized by the Confederation Of African Football (CAF). It’s the most prestigious soccer competition in Africa. The Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) was first held in February 1957 in Khartoum, Sudan. Egypt won the Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem Trophy named after its donor an Egyptian who was the first CAF President.
Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem’s trophy was permanently awarded to Ghana in 1978 when it became the first country to win the tournament on three occasions. African Unity Cup was the next trophy awarded permanently to Cameroon in 2000 when the team claimed its third championship since 1978. Again, in 2002 a new trophy called The Cup Of Nations was introduced.
The Africa Cup Of Nations has served as a showcase for the talents of African players.
Also, the competition helps boost the infrastructure in the cities that host the tournament by revamping new social amenities as many tourists are expected to visit.
The hosting country’s economy also benefits from the influx of people coming to patronize the tournaments naming hospitality, catering, and entertainment industries.