The twelfth man in photos

Every football game is never complete without fans. The ambiance created by the presence of fans is always special. CAFOnline.com has decided to pay tributes to the fans often referred to as ‘the twelfth man’ of their teams. Here are some moments captured during the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019; Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

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AFCON Records – No one scores like Eto’o

No player scored more goals in the history of Africa Cup of Nations than Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroonian legend netted a record of 18 goals in six editions he played for The Indomitable Lions in. Eto’o who played for the likes of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy) and Chelsea (England) among others, donned Cameroon short in 118 caps, scoring 56 goals in the process; a national record. Eighteen of these goals came in the African flagship competition as Eto’o set himself as the all-time record goal scorer, overtaking…

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Former Ghana forward Kwasi Owusu passes away

One of the most lethal forwards in the history of Ghana football, Kwasi Owusu, passed away on Monday (30 March 2020) in Sunyani, the Ghana Football Association has confirmed. He was 72. Nicknamed ‘Powerhouse’, he captained the Black Stars at the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations, as Ghana lost 1-0 to host Sudan in the final, scoring three goals during the tournament. He is fondly remembered for scoring nine goals in the 15-1 aggregate win over Niger in the qualifiers.  He also featured at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.…

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Four “Black Stars” in the sky

For over two decades, Ghana was the most decorated team in the history of Africa Cup of Nations with four titles, a record the Black Stars held before being overtaken by Egypt (7 titles) and Cameroon (5 titles). Ghana first won the continental showpiece football event on their maiden attempt, at home in 1963. They added three more titles in 1965, 1978 and 1982, and have reached the final three times after, losing on all occasions. Ghana 1963 In their maiden appearance, Ghana hosted the fourth edition of the Africa Cup…

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CAF mourns Ghana legend Opoku Afriyie

CAF would like to express our deepest condolences to the Ghana Football Association on the passing of national figure Opoku Afriyie. The legendary striker passed away on Sunday, 29 March 2020 in Kumasi after a short illness. He was 65. “I extend my sincere sympathies to the Ghanaian football family following the demise of Opoku Afriyie, also a legend in African football circles. “Our thoughts are with you and the bereaved family during this difficult period,” said CAF President Ahmad Ahmad. Afriyie won the Africa Cup of Nations twice, 1978…

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The Pharaohs “Magnificent Seven”

Egypt is the most decorated team in the history of Africa Cup of Nations. The Pharaohs have bagged the most prestigious title in African football a record seven times. Being the team with a record number of participations (24), Egypt has emerged victorious on seven occasions, including the first two editions in 1957 and 1959. Three of their seven titles came at home (1959, 1986 and 2006), while they also achieved an unprecedented treble – 2006, 2008 and 2010. Sudan 1957 The Pharaohs won the inaugural edition of the Africa Cup of Nations…

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Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, And the Prime Minister Of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi. President…

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