Afro-Asian Cup of Nations

The Afro-Asian Cup of Nations was an international football competition endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), contested between representative nations from these confederations, usually the winners of the Africa Cup of Nations and the winners of the AFC Asian Cup or the Asian Games. All editions were official competitions of CAF and AFC[1] and indirectly also of FIFA[2]. For FIFA statute, official competitions are those for representative teams organized by FIFA or any confederation. The most successful team is Japan with 2 championships.

Afro-Asian Cup of Nations
Organising bodyCAF and AFC
Founded1978 (1978)
RegionAfrica
Asia
Number of teams2
Current champions Japan (2007)
Most successful team(s) Japan (2 titles)

History

The first edition in 1978, where Iran defeated Ghana 3-0, the trophy was not awarded: because the second leg was cancelled due to political problems in Iran. The 1989, 2005 editions were cancelled. The 1997 edition was severely delayed to 1999, while the "true" 1999 edition (between Egypt and Iran) was also canceled.

The competition was discontinued following a CAF decision on July 30, 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany rather than South Africa in the vote for hosting the 2006 World Cup. The competition was scheduled to be resumed in 2005 with the match Tunisia-Japan, but then was cancelled. However the trophy was resumed in 2007 under the name "AFC Asia/Africa Challenge Cup". The 2008 edition was scheduled to be played in November 2008 between Iraq and Egypt in the neutral venue of Saudi Arabia but was eventually cancelled.

Results & Statistics

Finals

Year Host nation Final
Team 1 Score Team 2
1978
Details
Iran
Iran
3–0
Ghana
Ghana Cancelled[n 1]
1985
Details
Cameroon
Cameroon
4–1
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia 1–2
1987
Details
Qatar
South Korea
1–1
(4–3 p)

Egypt
1991
Details
Iran
Iran
2–1
Algeria
Algeria 0–1
1993
Details
Japan
Japan
1–0
(a.e.t.)

Ivory Coast
1995
Details
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
2–3
Nigeria
Nigeria 0–1
1997
Details
South Africa
South Africa
1–0
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia 0–0
2007
Details
Japan
Japan
4–1
Egypt

Most successful national teams

Team Champions Runners-Up
 Japan 2 (1993, 2007) -
 Cameroon 1 (1985) -
 South Korea 1 (1987) -
 Algeria 1 (1991) -
 Nigeria 1 (1995) -
 South Africa 1 (1999) -
 Saudi Arabia - 2 (1985, 1999)
 Egypt - 2 (1987, 2007)
 Iran - 1 (1991)
 Ivory Coast - 1 (1993)
 Uzbekistan - 1 (1995)

Most successful teams by continent

Continent Champions Runners-up
Africa 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997) 3 (1987, 1993, 2007)
Asia 3 (1987, 1993, 2007) 4 (1985, 1991, 1995, 1997)

See also

Notes and references

Notes

  1. The second leg of the 1978 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations between Ghana and Iran was cancelled due to political problems in Iran. In the first leg, Iran beat Ghana 3–0.

References

  1. "Ahmad Ahmad confident that Afro-Asian Cup will return". espn.com. Ed Dove. 3 February 2018.
  2. "Afro-Asian Cup of Nations". FIFA World Football Museum. 11 November 2019.
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