Confederation of African Football


The Confederation of African Football or CAF (French: Confédération Africaine de Football) is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

Confederation of African Football
AbbreviationCAF
Founded8 February 1957; 64 years ago (1957-02-08)
Founded atKhartoum, Sudan
TypeSports organisation
Headquarters6th of October City, Giza, Egypt
Region served
Africa
Membership
54 member associations
Official language
Secretary General
Véron Mosengo-Omba
Patrice Motsepe
Parent organization
FIFA
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.cafonline.com

CAF represents the national football associations of Africa, runs continental, national, and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions.

CAF is the biggest of the six continental confederations of FIFA. Since the expansion of the number of teams at the World Cup finals to 32 in 1998, CAF has been allocated five places, though this was expanded to six for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, to include the hosts.

CAF was established on 8 February 1957 at the Grand Hotel[1] in Khartoum, Sudan,[2] by Egyptian, Ethiopian, South African and Sudanese[3] FAs, following former discussions between the Egyptian, Somali, South African and Sudanese FAs earlier on 7 June 1956 at the Avenida Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal. Its first headquarters was situated in Khartoum for some months until a fire outbreak in the offices of the Sudanese Football Association when the organization moved near Cairo, Egypt. Youssef Mohamad was the first general secretary and Abdel Aziz Abdallah Salem the president. Since 2002, the administrative center has been located in 6th of October City, Cairo, Egypt. CAF currently has 54 member associations: 54 are full members, while Zanzibar and Réunion are associate members (see the CAF Members and Zones section below).

The current CAF President is Patrice Motsepe from South Africa, who was elected on 12 March 2021.[4] The 1st Vice-President is Augustin Senghor from Senegal, the 2nd Vice-President is Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania and the 3rd Vice-President is Waberi Souleiman from Djibouti.[5] Current CAF General Secretary is the Swiss-Congolese Véron Mosengo-Omba since 13 March 2021.[4]

History


CAF's anthem


On 18 September 2007 the CAF launched a competition for all African composers to create its Anthem.[6] The CAF anthem is a musical composition, without lyrics, which and reflect the cultural patrimony and African music. The duration of the anthem is 74 seconds. The chosen anthem was first published to the site on 16 January 2008. The usage of the anthem and its composer are still unknown.

Announced 18 September 2007

Current leaders


Name Position
Patrice Motsepe President
Augustin Senghor 1st Vice President
Ahmed Yahya 2nd Vice President
Waberi Souleiman 3rd Vice President
Seidou Mbombo Njoya 4th Vice President
Kanizat Ibrahim 5th Vice President
Véron Mosengo-Omba General Secretary

Source:[7][8]

Former leaders


Name Position Dates
Constant Omari Acting President 2020-2021
Ahmad Ahmad President 2017–2020
Issa Hayatou President 1988–2017
Abdel Halim Muhammad President 1987–1988
Yidnekatchew Tessema President 1972–1987
Abdel Halim Muhammad President 1968–1972
Abdel Aziz Moustafa President 1958–1968
Abdel Aziz Salem President 1957–1958

CAF members and zones


Members

African regional federations
  UNAF (North Africa)
  WAFU-UFOA (West Africa)
  UNIFFAC (Central Africa)
  CECAFA (Central-East Africa)
  COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Other federation
CodeAssociationNational teamsFoundedFIFA affiliationCAF affiliationRegional affiliationIOC member
Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF) (5)
ALG Algeria1962196319642005Yes
EGY Egypt 21921192319572005Yes
LBY Libya1962196419652005Yes
MAR Morocco1955196019592005Yes
TUN Tunisia1957196019602005Yes
West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA) (16)
BEN Benin1962196219621975Yes
BFA Burkina Faso1960196419641975Yes
CPV Cape Verde1982198620001975Yes
GAM Gambia1952196819661975Yes
GHA Ghana1957195819581975Yes
GUI Guinea1960196219631975Yes
GNB Guinea-Bissau1974198619861975Yes
CIV Ivory Coast1960196419601975Yes
LBR Liberia1936196419621975Yes
MLI Mali1960196319631975Yes
MTN Mauritania1961197019681975Yes
NIG Niger1962196719671975Yes
NGA Nigeria1945196019601975Yes
SEN Senegal1960196419641975Yes
SLE Sierra Leone1960196019601975Yes
TOG Togo1960196219641975Yes
Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) (8)
CMR Cameroon1959196219631978Yes
CTA Central African Republic1961196419651978Yes
CHA Chad1962196419641978Yes
CGO Congo1962196419661978Yes
COD DR Congo1919196419641978Yes
EQG Equatorial Guinea1957198619861978Yes
GAB Gabon1962196619671978Yes
STP São Tomé and Príncipe1975198619861978Yes
Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) (12)
BDI Burundi1948197219721994Yes
DJI Djibouti1979199419941995Yes
ERI Eritrea1996199819981973Yes
ETH Ethiopia1943195219571994Yes
KEN Kenya1960196019681973Yes
RWA Rwanda1972197819781994Yes
SOM Somalia1951196219681973Yes
SSD South Sudan2011201220122012Yes
SDN Sudan1936194819571975Yes
TAN Tanzania1930196419641973Yes
UGA Uganda1924196019601973Yes
ZAN Zanzibar 3196519801973 & 2003No
Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) (14)
ANG Angola1979198019801997Yes
BOT Botswana1970197819761997Yes
COM Comoros1979200520052007Yes
SWZ Eswatini1968197819781997Yes
LES Lesotho1932196419641997Yes
MAD Madagascar1961196419632000Yes
MWI Malawi1966196819681997Yes
MRI Mauritius1952196419632000Yes
MOZ Mozambique1976198019801997Yes
NAM Namibia1990199219921997Yes
SEY Seychelles1979198619862000Yes
RSA South Africa 11991199219921997Yes
ZAM Zambia1929196419641997Yes
ZIM Zimbabwe1965196519801997Yes
Non-regional members
REU Réunion 319262004No
  1. ^ – Excluded from CAF and from 1st African Cup of Nations in 1957 due to Apartheid
  2. ^ – Member of UNAF from 2005 to 2009 and from 2011 – Withdrew from UNAF on 19 November 2009 but return on 2011
  3. ^ – Associate members, not part of FIFA. Zanzibar held full membership for four months in 2017, when its status was changed after CAF admitted its membership was an error.[9]

Regional zones

CAF National League

CAF Zone 1 – North Zone
CAF Zone 2 – Zone West A
CAF Zone 3 – Zone West B
CAF Zone 4 – Central Zone
CAF Zone 5 – Central-East Zone
CAF Zone 6 – Southern Zone

Competitions


CAF competitions

International

The main competition for men's national teams Africa Cup of Nations, started in 1957. In 2009, the CAF started organising another competition for men's national teams, the African Nations Championship composed exclusively of national players playing in the national championship. CAF also runs national competitions at Under-20 and Under-17 levels. For women's national teams, CAF operates the Africa Women Cup of Nations for senior national sides and the African U-20 Women's World Cup qualification at under-20 level, since 2008 there is an African U-17 Cup of Nations for Women for under-17 sides.

Club

CAF also runs the two main club competitions in Africa: the CAF Champions League was first held in 1964, and was known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs (or just African Cup) until 1997; and the CAF Confederation Cup, for national cup winners and high-placed league teams, was launched by CAF in 2004 as a successor to the African Cup Winners' Cup (begun in 1975). A third competition, the CAF Cup, started in 1992 and was absorbed into the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.[10]

The CAF Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the CAF Confederation Cup (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), came into being in 1992.

The Afro-Asian Club Championship was jointly organised with AFC between the winners of the CAF Champions League and the winners of the AFC Champions League. The last Afro-Asian Club Championship took place in 1998.

Current title holders

Competition Year Champions Title Runners-up Next edition
National teams (Men's)
Africa Cup 2019  Algeria 2nd  Senegal 2021 (held in 2022)
African Nations Championship 2020  Morocco 2nd  Mali 2022
U-23 Cup 2019  Egypt 1st  Ivory Coast 2023
African Games Men's tournament 2019  Burkina Faso 1st  Nigeria 2023
U-20 Cup[cc 1] 2019  Mali 1st  Senegal 2021
U-17 Cup[cc 2] 2019  Cameroon 2nd Vacant 2021
Futsal Cup 2020  Morocco 1st  Egypt 2024
Youth Olympic Futsal Qualifying Tournament 2018  Egypt 1st  Angola 2026
Beach Soccer Cup 2018  Senegal 5th  Nigeria 2020
National teams (Women's)
Africa Women Cup of Nations 2018  Nigeria 11th  South Africa 2022
African Games Women's tournament 2019  Nigeria 3rd  Cameroon 2023
U-20 Cup for Women 2018  Ghana
 Nigeria
5th
9th
 Cameroon
 South Africa
2020
U-17 Cup for Women 2018  Ghana
 South Africa
 Cameroon
5th
2nd
1st
 Djibouti
 Morocco
 Nigeria
2020
Club teams (Men's)
Super Cup 2020 Zamalek 4th Espérance de Tunis 2020–21
Champions League 2020 Al-Ahly 9th Zamalek 2020–21
Confederation Cup 2019–20 RS Berkane 1st Pyramids 2020–21
Club teams (Women's)
Women's Champions League 2021 2022
  1. This competition has been known by four different names, most recently the African U-21 Championship from 2003 through the 2015 competition. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-20 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.
  2. From 1995 through the 2015 tournament, the competition was known as the African U-17 Championship. The first tournament under the current name of "Africa U-17 Cup of Nations" will tale place in 2017.

Competition Winners

Nation Men Women Total
Africa Cup of Nations CHAN U-23's U-20's U-17's Futsal Beach Soccer African Games Africa Women Cup of Nations African Games
Nigeria 3(4)0(1)17(2)2(2)2(4)1(4)11330(17)
Egypt7(2)14(1)13(2)-2--18(5)
Cameroon5(2)--1(4)2-1(1)40(4)1(2)14(13)
Ghana4(5)0(2)-3(2)2(2)0(1)-11(1)0(3)11(16)
Senegal0(2)-0(3)--5(2)1--6(7)
Morocco1(1)20(1)1-2(1)----6(3)
Algeria2(1)-0(1)10(1)--1--4(3)
DR Congo22--------4

Sponsors


In October 2004, MTN has contracted a four-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. This agreement, which was worth US$12.5 million, was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history at that time.[11]

In July 2009, Orange has signed an eight-year deal to sponsor African football's major competitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF previous year put a value of €100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor. The deal included the African Nations Cup, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF Super Cup, the African Nations Championship and the African Youth Championship.[12]

In July 2016, Total replaced Orange as the main sponsor and has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for a value of €950 million[13] to support its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.[14]

The CAF current main sponsors are:

Rankings


Top ranked men's national teams by FIFA

This graph shows the time periods each (male) national football team has been at the highest ranked CAF member on the FIFA World Rankings.

CAF overall ranking of African clubs titles

The following clubs are the top 10 clubs in CAF competitions.

Pos Club Titles Trophies won
1 Al Ahly SC229 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 4 African Cup Winners' Cup, 7 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
2 Zamalek SC135 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 4 CAF Super Cup, 2 Afro-Asian Club Championship
3 TP Mazembe115 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Super Cup
4 Étoile du Sahel91 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 African Cup Winners' Cup, 2 CAF Confederation Cup, 2 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup
5 Espérance Sportive de Tunis84 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
6 Raja Casablanca83 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup, 2 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
7 JS Kabylie62 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup, 3 CAF Cup
8 Wydad Casablanca52 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
9 ES Sétif42 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Super Cup, 1 Afro-Asian Club Championship
Canon Yaoundé43 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 1 African Cup Winners' Cup
Enyimba F.C.42 African Cup of Champions Clubs/CAF Champions League, 2 CAF Super Cup
CS Sfaxien43 CAF Confederation Cup, 1 CAF Cup
Update as of 21 February 2015 in chronological order.

CAF overall ranking of African clubs

Rankings are calculated by the CAF based on points gathered by African teams throughout their participation in international club tournaments organized by either the FIFA, Harrison Campbell, or the CAF since the establishment of the first African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1964.[17]

Men's Futsal

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Women's Futsal

CAF FIFA Country Points +/-

Beach soccer national teams

Rankings are calculated by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW). Top ten, last updated 12 March 2018

CAF BSWW Country Points
1 12  Senegal 1084
2 17  Egypt 782
3 20  Nigeria 720
4 24  Morocco 609
5 34  Madagascar 339
6 41  Ivory Coast 330
7 57  Ghana 177
8 66  Libya 125
9 68  Mozambique 117
10 69  Cape Verde 115

Major tournament records


Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place
  • 4th – Fourth place
  • QF – Quarterfinals (1934–1938, 1954–1970, and 1986–present: knockout round of 8)
  • R2 — Round 2 (1974–1978, second group stage, top 8; 1982: second group stage, top 12; 1986–present: knockout round of 16)
  • R1 — Round 1
  • q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •  ••  – Qualified but withdrew
  •    – Did not qualify
  •  ×  – Did not enter / Withdrew / Banned
  •    – Hosts
  •     – Not affiliated in FIFA

For each tournament, the flag of the host country and the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Team 1930

(13)
1934

(16)
1938

(15)
1950

(13)
1954

(16)
1958

(16)
1962

(16)
1966

(16)
1970

(16)
1974

(16)
1978

(16)
1982

(24)
1986

(24)
1990

(24)
1994

(24)
1998

(32)
2002


(32)
2006

(32)
2010

(32)
2014

(32)
2018

(32)
2022

(32)
2026



(48)
Years
 Algeria Part of France[18]×R1
13th
R1
22nd
R1
28th
R2
14th
4/13
 Angola Part of Portugal[19]×R1
23rd
1/9
 Cameroon Part of France××R1
17th
QF
7th
R1
22nd
R1
25th
R1
20th
R1
31st
R1
32nd
7/13
 DR Congo[20] Part of Belgium[21]××R1
16th
× 1/11
 Egypt ×R1
13th
××××××R1
20th
R1
31st
3/14
 Ghana Part of the United Kingdom×××R2
13th
QF
7th
R1
25th
3/13
 Ivory Coast Part of France××××R1
19th
R1
17th
R1
21st
3/11
 Morocco Part of France×R1
14th
R2
11th
R1
23rd
R1
18th
R1
27th
5/14
 Nigeria Part of the United Kingdom×R2
9th
R2
12th
R1
27th
R1
27th
R2
16th
R1
21st
6/14
 Senegal Part of France×××QF
7th
R1
17th
2/11
 South Africa ××××××××××R1
24th
R1
17th
R1
20th
3/7
 Togo Part of France×××××R1
30th
1/10
 Tunisia Part of France×R1
9th
R1
26th
R1
29th
R1
24th
R1
24th
5/14
Total (13 teams)0100000011122235556555TBD44
Firsts
  • 1934:  Egypt first African team to qualify for the World Cup
  • 1970:  Morocco first African team to draw a match in the World Cup
  • 1978:  Tunisia first African team to win a match in the World Cup
  • 1982:  Algeria first African team to win two matches in the World Cup
  • 1986:  Algeria first African team to qualify for two consecutive World Cups
  • 1986:  Morocco first African team to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen)
  • 1990:  Cameroon first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals)
  • 1994 and 1998:  Nigeria first African team to top a group stage and reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) in two consecutive World Cups
  • 2002:  Senegal first African team to reach the knockout stage (quarter-finals) further on the World Cup debut
  • 2010:  South Africa first African team to host the World Cup
  • 2014:  Algeria &  Nigeria first African teams to reach the knockout stage (round of sixteen) simultaneously in the World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup

Teams are sorted by number of appearances.

FIFA Women's World Cup record
Team 1991

(12)
1995

(12)
1999

(16)
2003

(16)
2007

(16)
2011

(16)
2015

(24)
2019

(24)
2023


(32)
Years
 Cameroon ×R2
11th
R2
15th
2/7
 Ivory Coast ×××R1
23rd
1/5
 Equatorial Guinea ×××R1
15th
× 1/4
 Ghana R1
13–14
R1
12th
R1
15th
3/8
 Nigeria R1
10th
R1
11th
QF
7th
R1
15th
R1
13th
R1
9th
R1
21st
R2
16th
8/8
 South Africa ×R1
22nd
1/7
Total (6 teams)11222233416

Olympic Games For Men

Olympic Games (Men's tournament) record
Team1900

(3)
1904

(3)
1908

(6)
1912

(11)
1920

(14)
1924

(22)
1928

(17)
1936

(16)
1948

(18)
1952

(25)
1956

(11)
1960

(16)
1964

(14)
1968

(16)
1972

(16)
1976

(13)
1980

(16)
1984

(16)
1988

(16)
1992

(16)
1996

(16)
2000

(16)
2004

(16)
2008

(16)
2012

(16)
2016

(16)
2021

(16)
Years
 AlgeriaPart of France814 2
 CameroonPart of France1118 3
 Egypt[22]88491191248128q 12
 Ivory CoastPart of France6q 2
 GabonPart of France12 1
 GhanaPart of the United Kingdom71216389 6
 GuineaPart of France11 1
 MaliPart of France5 1
 MoroccoPart of France138121516=1011 7
 NigeriaPart of the United Kingdom1413151823 7
 SenegalPart of France6- 1
 South AfricaBanned because of apartheid1113q 3
 SudanPart of the United Kingdom15 1
 TunisiaPart of France15131412 4
 ZambiaPart of the United KingdomRHO155 2
Total (15 teams)3333333333443433

Olympic Games For Women

Olympic Games (Women's tournament) record
Team1996

(8)
2000

(8)
2004

(10)
2008

(12)
2012

(12)
2016

(12)
2021

(12)
Years
 Cameroon12 1
 Nigeria8611 3
 South Africa1010 2
 Zambiaq 1
 Zimbabwe12 1
Total (5 teams)0111221 or 2

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record
Team
(Total 42 teams)
1957

(3)
1959

(3)
1962

(4)
1963

(6)
1965

(6)
1968

(8)
1970

(8)
1972

(8)
1974

(8)
1976

(8)
1978

(8)
1980

(8)
1982

(8)
1984

(8)
1986

(8)
1988

(8)
1990

(8)
1992

(12)
1994

(12)
1996

(15)
1998

(16)
2000


(16)
2002

(16)
2004

(16)
2006

(16)
2008

(16)
2010

(15)
2012


(16)
2013

(16)
2015

(16)
2017

(16)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
North Africa Members
 Algeria Part of France×GS2nd4th3rdGS3rd1stGS••QFGSQFGSQF4thGSQFGS1st 18
 Egypt 1st1st2nd3rd××3rd3rd4th4th×4th1stGSGSGSQFQF1stQFQFGS1st1st1st2ndR16 24
 Libya ×××××2nd××××××GSGS 3
 Morocco ×××GS×1stGS3rd4th4thGSQFGSGS2ndGSGSGSGS••QFR16 17
 Tunisia 3rdGS2nd×××4th×GSGS2ndQF4thGS1stQFQFGSQFGSQFQF4th 19
West Africa Members
 Benin Part of France××××××××GSGSGSQF 4
 Burkina Faso Part of France××××GS×××××GS4thGSGSGSGSGS2ndGS3rd 11
 Cape Verde Part of Portugal×QFGS 2
 Ivory Coast Part of France3rd3rd4thGS••GS×GS3rdGSGS1st3rdGSQFGSGS2nd4thQF2ndQF1stGSQF 23
 Ghana UK1st1st2nd2nd1stGS1stGS2ndQF4thGSQFQFGS3rd2nd4th4th2nd4thR16 22
 Guinea FRA••GSGS2ndGSGSGS×QFQFQFGSQFR16 12
 Guinea-Bissau Part of Portugal×××××××××GSGS 2
 Liberia ×××××××××GSGS 2
 Mali Part of France2nd4th4th4thGSGS3rd3rdGSGSR16 11
 Mauritania Part of France×××××××××GS 1
 Niger Part of France××××××××××GSGS 2
 Nigeria ×GS××3rd3rd1stGS2nd2nd2nd3rd1st××2nd3rd3rd3rdQF3rd1st3rd 18
 Senegal Part of France4thGS×GS4thQFQFQF2ndQF4thGSGSGSQF2nd 15
 Sierra Leone Part of the UK×××××××GSGS××x 2
 Togo Part of France×GS×GS××GSGSGSGS••QFGS 8
Central Africa Members
 Cameroon Part of France×GS3rdGS1st2nd1stGS4thGSQF1st1stQFQF2ndQFGS1stR16q 20
 Congo Part of FranceGS×1st4thGS×QFGSQF 7
 DR Congo Part of BelgiumGS1stGS4th1stGS××GSQFQFQF3rdGSQFGSQFGS3rdQFR16 19
 Equatorial Guinea Part of Spain××××××QF4th 2
 Gabon Part of France×××××GSQFGSGSQFGSGS 7
East Africa Members
 Burundi Part of Belgium×××××××××××GS 1
 Ethiopia 2nd3rd1st4thGS4thGSGSGS×××××GS 10
 Kenya GS×GSGSGS×GSGS 6
 Rwanda Part of Belgium×××××××××GS× 1
 Sudan 3rd2nd2nd1stGSGS×××××GSQF 8
 Tanzania ×GS××××GS 2
 Uganda 4th×GSGSGS2nd×××GSR16 7
Southern Africa Members
 Angola Part of Portugal×GSGSGSQFQFGSGSGS 8
 Botswana Part of the United Kingdom××××××××GS 1
 Madagascar Part of France×××××××××QF 1
 Malawi Part of the United Kingdom×GSGS 2
 Mauritius GS×× 1
 Mozambique Part of Portugal×GSGSGSGS 4
 Namibia Part of South Africa××GSGSGS 3
 South Africa ••Banned because of apartheid1st2nd3rdQFGSGSGSQFGSQF 10
 Zambia ××2ndGS3rdGS×3rdQF2nd3rdGSGSGSGSGSQF1stGSGS 17
 Zimbabwe GSGSGSGS 4

Africa Women Cup of Nations

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
Team
(Total 26 teams)
1991

(4)
1995

(6)
1998

(7)
2000

(8)
2002

(8)
2004

(8)
2006

(8)
2008

(8)
2010

(8)
2012

(8)
2014

(8)
2016

(8)
2018

(8)
2020

(12)
Years
 Algeria GSGSGSGSGS 5
 Angola SFGS 2
 Cameroon 2nd×4thGS3rd2nd4th4th4th3rd2nd2nd3rd 12
 Congo ×GSq 2
 DR Congo 3rd××GSGS× 3
 Egypt GS××GS 2
 Equatorial Guinea GS1st2nd1stGS 5
 Ethiopia GS4th×GS 3
 Ghana QFSF2nd3rd2nd3rd2ndGSGSGS3rdGS 12
 Guinea SF× 1
 Ivory Coast GS3rd 2
 Kenya xxxxGS 1
 Mali GSGSGSGSGSGS4th 7
 Morocco GSGS 2
 Mozambique ×× 1
 Namibia ×GS 1
 Nigeria 1st1st1st1st1st1st1st3rd1st4th1st1st1st 13
 Réunion GS 1
 Senegal ×GS 1
 Sierra Leone QF×××× 1
 South Africa 2ndGS2nd4thGS3rd2nd3rd2nd4th4th2nd 12
 Tanzania GS 1
 Tunisia GS 1
 Uganda GS×× 1
 Zambia ×QFGSGS 3
 Zimbabwe ×4thGSGS×GS 4

FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Team 1977

(16)
1979

(16)
1981

(16)
1983

(16)
1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(24)
1999

(24)
2001

(24)
2003

(24)
2005

(24)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
 Algeria ×QF××× 1
 Angola ××××××R2 1
 Benin ××××××××××××R1×× 1
 Burkina Faso ××××××××××R2 1
 Burundi ×××××××××R1×××× 1
 Cameroon ×R1R1QFR2R1R2 6
 Congo ×××××××××××××R2 1
 Egypt QFR13rdR2R1R2R2R1 8
 Ethiopia ×××R1×××× 1
 Gambia ××××××××××R2 1
 Ghana ××××2nd4thQF2nd1st3rdR2 7
 Guinea R1××R1 2
 Ivory Coast R1××R1R1×R1R2 5
 Mali ××××××R13rdR1R1R13rdQF 7
 Morocco R1R24th 3
 Nigeria ×R13rdR12ndQF2ndQFR2QFR2R2R2 12
 Senegal ×××××4thR2QF 3
 South Africa ×××××××××R1R2R1R1 4
 Togo ×××R1×××××××× 1
 Tunisia R1R1 2
 Zambia ××××××R1R2QF 3
Total (21 teams)32222222224544445444444 26

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
Team 2002

(12)
2004

(12)
2006

(16)
2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2021


(16)
Years
 DR Congo GSGS 2
 Ghana GSGSGSGSGS 5
 Nigeria GSQFQFQF2nd4th2ndGSQF 9
Total (3 teams)1122222222 18

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Team 1985

(16)
1987

(16)
1989

(16)
1991

(16)
1993

(16)
1995

(16)
1997

(16)
1999

(16)
2001

(16)
2003

(16)
2005

(16)
2007

(24)
2009

(24)
2011

(24)
2013

(24)
2015

(24)
2017

(24)
2019

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
 Algeria R1 1
 Angola ×××××R2 1
 Burkina Faso R13rdR2R1 4
 Cameroon R1R1 2
 Congo R1R1R2 3
 Gambia R1R1 2
 Ghana R11st2nd1st2nd3rdR14thQF 9
 Guinea 4thR1R1R1R1X 6
 Ivory Coast 3rdR1R2QF 4
 Malawi R1 1
 Mali QFR1QF2nd4th 5
 Morocco R2 1
 Niger R2 1
 Nigeria 1st2ndQF1stQF2ndR11st2nd1st1stR2 12
 Rwanda R1 1
 Senegal R2 1
 Sierra Leone R1 1
 South Africa R1 1
 Sudan R1 1
 Togo R1 1
 Tunisia R1R2R2 3
Total (21 teams)3233332333345444444
    • Note 1: Original hosts Peru were stripped of the right to host the 2019 event in February 2019.[23]

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record
Team 2008

(16)
2010

(16)
2012

(16)
2014

(16)
2016

(16)
2018

(16)
2021

(16)
Years
 Cameroon ××GSGS 2
 Gambia ××R1×× 1
 Ghana R1R13rdQFQFQF 6
 Nigeria R1QFQFQFGS 5
 South Africa R1GS 2
 Zambia ×GS× 1
Total (6 teams)2333333 20

FIFA Futsal World Cup

FIFA Futsal World Cup record
Team 1989

(16)
1992

(16)
1996

(16)
2000

(16)
2004

(16)
2008

(20)
2012

(24)
2016

(24)
2021

(24)
Years
 AlgeriaR1 1
 Angolaq 1
 EgyptR1R2R1R1R2QFq 7
 LibyaR1R1 2
 MoroccoR1R1q 3
 MozambiqueR1 1
 NigeriaR1 1
 ZimbabweR1 1
Total (8 teams)211112333 17

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Team 1995

(8)
1996

(8)
1997

(8)
1998

(10)
1999

(12)
2000

(12)
2001

(12)
2002

(8)
2003

(8)
2004

(12)
2005

(12)
2006

(12)
2007

(16)
2008

(16)
2009

(16)
2011

(16)
2013

(16)
2015

(16)
2017

(16)
2019

(16)
2021

(16)
Years
 Cameroon R1
14th
R1
16th
2/20
 Ivory Coast R1
11th
R1
16th
2/20
 Madagascar R1
14th
1/20
 Nigeria R1
9th
QF
6th
R1
12th
QF
6th
R1
12th
R1
16th
6/20
 Senegal QF
5th
R1
9th
QF
7th
R1
13th
R1
13th
QF
6th
QF
6th
7/20
 South Africa R1
12th
R1
12th
2/20
Total (6 teams)001021110023333333322

Former tournaments

FIFA Confederations Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup record
Team 1992

(4)
1995

(6)
1997

(8)
1999

(8)
2001


(8)
2003

(8)
2005

(8)
2009

(8)
2013

(8)
2017

(8)
Years
 Cameroon GS2ndGS 3
 Egypt GSGS 2
 Ivory Coast 4th 1
 Nigeria 4th××GS 2
 South Africa ×GS4th 2
 Tunisia GS 1
Total (6 teams)1111111211 11

CAF Best Footballers of the Century


The voting to select the best of the century refers to three categories: male player, goalkeeper and female player and is obtained from five different steps. The resulting best players and goalkeepers were honored during the "World Football Gala 1999".[24]

CAF Golden Jubilee Best Players poll


In 2007 CAF published the list of top 30 African players who played in the period from 1957 to 2007, as part of the celebration of CAF's 50th anniversary, ordered according to an online poll.[25]

CAF resolutions


International top goalscorers


As of 30 March 2021

This table is for players with 30 or more goals for a CAF national team. Players in bold are still active at international level.

Indicates the CAF top scorer.
Indicates the top scorer of the respective nation.
Rank Player Nation Goals Matches Goals per match Career span
1 Godfrey Chitalu  Zambia 79 111 0.71 1968–1980
2 Kinnah Phiri  Malawi 71 117 0.61 1973–1981
3 Hossam Hassan  Egypt 68 176 0.39 1985–2006
4 Didier Drogba  Ivory Coast 65 105 0.62 2002–2014
5 Samuel Eto'o  Cameroon 56 118 0.47 1997–2014
6 Asamoah Gyan  Ghana 51 109 0.47 2003–present
7 Abdoulaye Traoré  Ivory Coast 49 88 0.56 1984–1996
8 Mohamed Salah  Egypt 45 70 0.64 2011–present
9 Ali Al-Biski  Libya 44 35 1.26 1961–1970
10 Roger Milla  Cameroon 43 77 0.56 1973–1994
11 Alex Chola  Zambia 43 102 0.42 1975–1985
12 Hassan El-Shazly  Egypt 42 62 0.68 1961–1975
13 Fawzi Al-Issawi  Libya 40 90 0.44 1977–1985
14 Akwá  Angola 39 78 0.5 1995–2006
15 Kalusha Bwalya  Zambia 39 87 0.45 1983–2006
16 Mohamed Aboutrika  Egypt 38 100 0.38 2001–2013
17 Rashidi Yekini  Nigeria 37 62 0.6 1984–1998
18 Peter Ndlovu  Zimbabwe 37 81 0.46 1991–2007
19 Abdelhafid Tasfaout  Algeria 36 80 0.45 1990–2002
20 Issam Jemâa  Tunisia 36 84 0.43 2005–2014
21 Ahmed Faras  Morocco 36 94 0.38 1966–1979
22 William Ouma  Kenya 35 66 0.53 1965–1977
23 Moumouni Dagano  Burkina Faso 34 83 0.41 1998–2014
24 Dennis Oliech  Kenya 34 76 0.45 2002–2016
25 Patrick M'Boma  Cameroon 33 55 0.6 1995–2004
26 Ibrahima Kandia Diallo  Guinea 33 56 0.59 1960–1973
27 Abedi Pele  Ghana 33 67 0.49 1982–1998
28 Ahmed Hassan  Egypt 33 184 0.18 1995–2004
29 Emmanuel Adebayor  Togo 32 87 0.37 2000–present
30 Islam Slimani  Algeria 31 70 0.44 2012–present
31 Benni McCarthy  South Africa 31 79 0.39 1997–2011
32 Amr Zaki  Egypt 30 63 0.48 2004–2013
33 Tico-Tico  Mozambique 30 94 0.32 1995–2010

See also


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