The always-fascinating CAF Africa Cup of Nations begins Saturday, andÃ‚Â FIFA.comÃ‚Â marks the 29th continental showdown with some equally interesting statistics about the tournament.
5 stadiums will be used for the 2013 finals inÃ‚Â South Africa, all of them built or renovated for the 2010 FIFA World CupÃ¢â€žÂ¢. Soccer City in Johannesburg hosts the two matches on opening day plus the final on 10 February, but the rest of the action is being played in Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg.
is the record number of AFCONs won, held byÃ‚Â Egypt
, who are not inÃ‚Â South Africa
. The Pharaohs won the event three times on the trot from 2006 to 2010 but failed to reach the last and the current finals. They were shockingly eliminated in qualifying by Central African Republic but will not fear losing their record asÃ‚Â Ghana
Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Black Stars are the closest qualified team with four continental triumphs.
is the number of tournaments that veteran French coach Claude Le Roy will now have coached in. He will lead the Democratic Republic of Congo to the 2013 finals after having done the same forÃ‚Â Cameroon
Ã‚Â (1986, 1988), Senegal (1990, 1992), DR Congo previously (2006) andÃ‚Â Ghana
Ã‚Â in 2008. He has never failed to get past the first round and won the event with the Indomitable Lions in 1988.