Amílcar Cabral Cup

The Amílcar Cabral Cup was an international association football tournament for Western African nations. The competition originally was played on an annual basis until 1989, since then it has been played on a biennial basis.

Amílcar Cabral Cup
Founded1979
Abolished2007
RegionWest Africa (Zone 2)
Number of teams8
Last championsMali

The tournament is named after Amílcar Cabral. There has been no edition since 2007. Mauritania was to host in 2009, then rescheduled the tournament to 2010 and later cancelled it altogether.[1][2]

History

In 1970 a predecessor tournament was started. The Tournoi de la zone 2 was held five times until 1977 with Mali winning three and Guinea winning two titles.[3][4]

Participant Nations

The following eight teams have regularly participated in the tournament. The teams are all in Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Zone 2, i.e. Western Africa. In some years, when a team withdrew a guest team was invited, like Benin in 2001.[5]

Results

Year Host Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
1979
Details
Guinea Bissau  Senegal 1–0  Mali  Guinea 2–2
(5–4) pk
 Guinea-Bissau
1980
Details
Gambia  Senegal 1–0  Gambia  Guinea w/o  Mauritania
1981
Details
Mali  Guinea 0–0
(6–5) pk
 Mali  Senegal 5–1  Cape Verde
1982
Details
Cape Verde Islands  Guinea 3–0  Senegal  Mali 2–1  Cape Verde
1983
Details
Mauritania  Senegal 3–0  Guinea-Bissau  Mali 2–0  Mauritania
1984
Details
Sierra Leone  Senegal 0–0
(5–4) pk
 Sierra Leone  Mali 2–0  Gambia
1985
Details
Gambia  Senegal 1–0  Gambia  Mali 1–0  Cape Verde
1986
Details
Senegal  Senegal 3–1  Sierra Leone Third place match not played
1987
Details
Guinea  Guinea 1–0  Mali  Senegal 0–0
(3–0) pk
 Sierra Leone
1988
Details
Guinea Bissau  Guinea 0–0 [Note]
(3–2) pk
 Mali  Senegal 2–1  Sierra Leone
1989
Details
Mali  Mali 3–0  Guinea  Cape Verde 1–0  Sierra Leone
1991
Details
Senegal  Senegal 1–0  Cape Verde Third place match not played
1993
Details
Sierra Leone  Sierra Leone 2–0  Senegal  Gambia 2–0  Mali
1995
Details
Mauritania  Sierra Leone 0–0
(4–3) pk
 Mauritania  Cape Verde 1–0  Guinea-Bissau
1997
Details
Gambia  Mali 1–0  Senegal  Guinea 2–2
(5–4) pk
 Gambia
2000
Details
Cape Verde Islands  Cape Verde 1–0  Senegal  Guinea 2–0  Mali
2001
Details
Mali  Senegal U23 3–1  Gambia  Mali 2–1  Guinea-Bissau
2005
Details
Guinea  Guinea 1–0  Senegal U23  Mali B 1–0  Guinea-Bissau
2007
Details
Guinea Bissau  Mali B 2–1  Cape Verde  Senegal U23 2–1  Guinea-Bissau

Note: There are contradictory reports of this match. According to the RSSSF page for the 1988 tournament, the match ended in 0–0 and Guinea won 4–2 on penalties. On a list of international matches of 1988, the match ended in 0–0 and Guinea won 3–2 on penalties. According to a head-to-head search between Guinea and Mali on FIFA website, Guinea won 3–2 in regular time.

Most Amílcar Cabral Cup wins

WinsNationYear(s)
8 times Senegal1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 2001
5 times Guinea1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
3 times Mali1989, 1997, 2007
2 times Sierra Leone1993, 1995
1 time Cape Verde2000

References

  1. http://magharebia.com/en_GB/articles/awi/newsbriefs/sports/2009/10/20/newsbrief-02
  2. "mauritânia desiste de organizar copa amilcar cabral". bolapé.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-01-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-01-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. http://fr.allafrica.com/stories/200110250223.html
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