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How Africa Cup of Nations hosts fared in opening match

Thursday June 20 2019

Egypt's coach Javier Aguirre (left) speaks to his players during a training session during a training session on June 16, 2019 at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium in the Egyptian capital ahead of their opening match against Zimbabwe in the 2019 football Africa Cup of Nations. PHOTO | KHALED DESOUKI |

Egypt's coach Javier Aguirre (left) speaks to his players during a training session during a training session on June 16, 2019 at the Cairo Military Academy Stadium in the Egyptian capital ahead of their opening match against Zimbabwe in the 2019 football Africa Cup of Nations. PHOTO | KHALED DESOUKI |  AFP

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CAIRO, EGYPT

Results of first matches of previous Africa Cup of Nations hosts ahead of 2019 tournament opener between Egypt and Zimbabwe in Cairo Friday (year, hosts, result, final placing):

1957 Sudan Sudan 1 Egypt 2 Semi-finals

1959 Egypt Egypt 4 Ethiopia 0 Champions

1962 Ethiopia Ethiopia 4 Tunisia 2 Champions

1963 Ghana Ghana 1 Tunisia 1 Champions

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1965 Tunisia Tunisia 4 Ethiopia 0 Runners-up

1968 Ethiopia Ethiopia 2 Uganda 1 Semi-finals

1970 Sudan Sudan 3 Ethiopia 0 Champions

1972 Cameroon Cameroon 2 Kenya 1 Semi-finals

1974 Egypt Egypt 2 Uganda 1 Semi-finals

1976 Ethiopia Ethiopia 2 Uganda 0 First round

1978 Ghana Ghana 2 Zambia 1 Champions

1980 Nigeria Nigeria 3 Tanzania 1 Champions

1982 Libya Libya 2 Ghana 2 Runners-up

1984 I. Coast I. Coast 3 Togo 0 First round

1986 Egypt Egypt 0 Senegal 1 Champions

1988 Morocco Morocco 1 DR Congo 1 Semi-finals

1990 Algeria Algeria 5 Nigeria 1 Champions

1992 Senegal Senegal 1 Nigeria 2 Quarter-finals

1994 Tunisia Tunisia 0 Mali 2 First round

1996 S. Africa S. Africa 3 Cameroon 0 Champions

1998 B. Faso B. Faso 0 Cameroon 1 Semi-finals

2000 Ghana Ghana 1 Cameroon 1 Quarter-finals

2000 Nigeria Nigeria 4 Tunisia 2 Runners-up

2002 Mali Mali 1 Liberia 1 Semi-finals

2004 Tunisia Tunisia 2 Rwanda 1 Champions

2006 Egypt Egypt 3 Libya 0 Champions

2008 Ghana Ghana 2 Guinea 1 Semi-finals

2010 Angola Angola 4 Mali 4 Quarter-finals

2012 E. Guinea E. Guinea 1 Libya 0 Quarter-finals

2012 Gabon Gabon 2 Niger 0 Quarter-finals

2013 S. Africa S. Africa 0 C. Verde 0 Quarter-finals

2015 E. Guinea E. Guinea 1 Congo 1 Semi-finals

2017 Gabon Gabon 1 G. Bissau 1 First round

Note: Ghana/Nigeria (2000) and Equatorial Guinea/Gabon (2012) were co-hosts

Summary: Cup of Nations hosts have won 19, drawn nine and lost five opening matches

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