This Day in History: 2022-10-24

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In February 1957 Egypt became the inaugural winners of the African Nations Cup, although they triumphed in a field of only three teams. The first tournament consisted of the four founding members of the African Football Confederation (CAF) – Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. However, South Africa were disqualified for their refusal to play a multi­racial team, so Ethiopia were handed a bye straight to the final. There they were joined by Egypt, after they overcame Sudan 2-1 in the only semi-final. In the final in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, Egypt had little trouble getting past the Ethiopians 4-0 to be crowned African champions.
Nigeria captain Christian Chukwu is congratulated by Nigeria president Shehu Shagari as he lifts the African Cup of Nations in 1980.