Orange,title sponsor of the Orange African Cup of Nations,South Africa 2013
Highlights of the Championship
- Takes place after every two years
- Features 16 teams
Orange is the title sponsor of The Africa Cup of Nations, also referred to as the African Cup of Nations or African Nations Cup, officially CAN (French for Coupe d'Afrique des Nations), is the main international association football competition in Africa. It is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years. The title holders at the time of a FIFA Confederations Cup qualify for that competition.
In 1957 there were only three participating nations: Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. South Africa were originally scheduled to compete, but were disqualified due to the apartheid policies of the government then in power.
Since then, the tournament has grown greatly, making it necessary to hold a qualifying tournament. The number of participants in the final tournament reached 16 in 1998 (16 teams were to compete in 1996 but Nigeria withdrew, reducing the field to 15), and since then, the format has been unchanged, with the sixteen teams being drawn into four groups of four teams each, with the top two teams of each group advancing to a "knock-out" stage.
Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup's history, winning the tournament a record seven times (including when Egypt was known as the United Arab Republic between 1958 and 1971). Ghana and Cameroon have won four titles each.
Three different trophies have been awarded during the tournament's history, with Ghana and Cameroon winning the first two versions to keep after each of them won a tournament three times. The current trophy was first awarded in 2002 and with Egypt winning it indefinitely after winning their unprecedented third consecutive title in 2010.
As of 2013, the tournament will switch to being held in odd-numbered years so that it does not clash with the FIFA World Cup
For updates on final scores and matches visit the Pan African platform on www.starafrica.com
Stepping up its commitment to football, Orange took up an eight year title sponsorship of Confederation of African Football CAF to run from 2009-2016.
As a leading player in the development of African soccer, Orange hope to use its presence in the African markets to grow its the fixed line, wireless, mobile and internet markets. Already, the group is the national football teams in Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroun, Senegal, Guinea, Niger and Botswana.