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List Of Records Broken At The 2023 Afcon

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The 34th Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)in Cote d’Ivoire witnessed numerous record-breaking moments. They include the following;

1. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) and André Ayew (Ghana) made their 8th appearances, tying with Rigobert Song (Cameroon) and Ahmed Hassan (Egypt).

2. André Ayew (Ghana) equaled Rigobert Song’s record for the most matches played in the Africa Cup of Nations – 36.

3. Oumar Diakité (Ivory Coast) joined Brighton Sinyangwe (Zambia) and Jaouad Zairri (Morocco) for the latest goal scored, netting in the 120th minute against Mali.

4. Ivory Coast ended the streak of host countries not winning the Africa Cup of Nations since 2006, with Egypt being the last hosting nation to win.

5. Nigeria, after securing 2nd place, extended its record for the most medals won (gold, silver, and bronze), tallying 16 in total. Egypt (13 medals) and Ghana (10 medals) followed.

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6. Nigeria also tied Ghana for the most silver medals, securing their 5th.

7. Egypt extended its record for the most overall appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations, marking their 26th participation.

8. Tunisia extended its streak for most consecutive appearances, making their 16th consecutive appearance in the tournament.

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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, abbreviated as the 2023 AFCON or CAN 2023 and officially known as the TotalEnergies 2023 Africa Cup of Nations due to sponsorship, marked the 34th installment of the biennial African football championship organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Ivory Coast had the honor of hosting the tournament, marking its second time hosting after the 1984 edition.

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Originally scheduled to be the third edition held during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer since 2019, with the aim of reducing scheduling conflicts with European club teams and competitions, the event underwent a significant alteration. On July 3, 2022, CAF decided to postpone the tournament to January 13 – February 11, 2024, due to concerns regarding the summer weather conditions in Ivory Coast. Despite the shift in timing, the tournament retained its original name for sponsorship reasons. This decision mirrored the move made for the 2021 edition in Cameroon, which was also shifted to the Northern Hemisphere’s winter season due to similar concerns, compounded by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CAF calendar.

Senegal entered the tournament as defending champions; however, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by the host nation, Ivory Coast. Subsequently, Ivory Coast emerged victorious, clinching the championship by defeating Nigeria 2–1 in the final match played on home soil, securing their third Africa Cup of Nations title.

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