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African Nations Cup Records
Most titles won: 4
Egypt - 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998
Ghana - 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
Cameroon - 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002

Most appearances at the finals:
Egypt (19)
1957, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1970, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004

Most appearances in a final:
Ghana (7)
1963, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1992

Most matches played in the finals:
Egypt (69)

Most wins in the finals:
Egypt (35)

Most goals in the finals:
Egypt (109)

Most Cup of Nations appearances by a player:
Alain Gouamene , Ivory Coast (7)
1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000

Most matches played in the finals:
Alain Gouamene , Ivory Coast - 24 games in seven tournaments

Most appearances in a tournament final: 3

Ali El Fanageeli ( Egypt ) - 1957, 1959, 1962
Cecil Jones Attaquayefio ( Ghana ) - 1965, 1968, 1970
Charles Addo Odametey ( Ghana ) - 1963, 1965, 1968

Most goals in the finals:
Laurent Pokou , Ivory Coast (14)
1968, 1970

Most goals scored in a single tournament: Mulumba Ndaye , Zaire (9)

Most goals scored by an individual in a finals match: Laurent Pokou (5)
1970 Ivory Coast 6-1 Ethiopia

Fastest ever goal:
Ayman Mansour , Egypt (23 seconds)

Most goals scored in a finals match:
Egypt 6-3 Nigeria , 1963

Most goals in a single tournament:
Egypt 1974

Tournament with most goals scored:
1998 Burkina Faso
93 goals in 32 games

Highest winning margin: 5
Ivory Coast 6-1 Ethiopia 1970

Youngest finals competitor:
Chiva Star Nzighou ( Gabon )
16 years, two months, 30 days at the 2000 finals

Most performances by a referee in the finals:
Tesfaye Gebreyesus (Ethiopia/Eritrea)
1970, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986

Cup of Nations winner as player and coach:

Mahmoud El-Gohary ( Egypt )
1957 and 1998

Most number of Cup of Nations wins by a coach:
Charles Gyamfi ( Ghana )
1963, 1965, 1982


African Cup 2004 Semi-Finals: Tunisia v Nigeria Preview

Many have predicted that the winner from Nigeria and Tunisia semi-final will go on to claim the African Cup of Nations.

Both teams have been handed short-prices by bookmakers after pre-tournament joint-favourites Senegal and Cameroon fell at the second hurdle from last.

Nigeria will probably go into Wednesday's encounter as the slight underdogs.

Their pre-tournament preparations were dogged with problems while they kicked off their cup challenge with defeat to Morocco.

And to make matters worse, Nigeria's officials sent three of their players home for misconduct.

With the match against Tunisia to be played in front of a predominantly partisan crowd at Stade Rades, the odds are against the West Africans.

But that does not unduly bother coach Christian Chukwu.

It will be very difficult playing in front of such a home crowd but we have the players to cope," he said.

"Most of them have played in front of bigger crowds and I expect the officiating and the opponents to be fair as the world is watching.

"But I have great confidence in my team. They are men, not boys. It won't be a problem for them."

There is no team news on Nigeria to report on at the moment.

Tunisia's coach Roger Lemerre will be seeking to take another national side to a major championship final.

He first achieved the feat with France, who he led to the Euro 2000 title.

After a relatively easy group stage, Tunisia overcame the challenge of joint favourites Senegal in the quarter-finals.

Lemerre, however, believes Nigeria will pose more of a potent threat than Tunisia's last opponents.

"Nigerians have a well-established approach to football and have earned a reputation for their individual technical skills," he said.

"Senegal ended up lobbing balls at our defence, but Nigeria will be more of a technical and tactical challenge, particularly from the players' ball-playing abilities.

"You just don't get the ball off Kanu or Jay-Jay Okocha, once it's between their feet. They keep the ball, as if their feet were their hands. So it won't be the same kind of game."

There is no Tunisia team news to report on at the moment.

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