Cameroon players celebrate after winning AFCON 2017 Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE


[/media-credit] Cameroon players lift AFCON 2017 trophy Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

0 – Number of hat-tricks recorded at the tournament

1 – Number of  AFCON debutants. Guinea Bissau were playing at the tournament for the very first time in history.

  • One was also the least number of goals scored by any country at the tournament. Uganda Cranes and the Mali Eagles each scored one goal apiece at the tourney.

2 – Number of times that Burkina Faso winger Prejuce Nakoulma Niguimbe was named man of the match in the group stages. The gifted play-maker plies his professional trade at Kayserispor in Turkey.

3 – Number of times Cameroon play-maker Christian Basogog was named man of the match during the tournament.

4 – The semi-finalists at the AFCON 2017 tournament – Burkina Faso, Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana.

  • There were also four host cities and stadia in Libreville, Oyem, Franceville and Port Gentil.
  • All the 16 countries were also divided into four groups.

5 – Cameroon has now won the AFCON championship five times.

  • Five is also the total number of goals scored in normal play during the four quarter final matches. It was the same number of goals scored in the two semifinals games.

6 – Most goals scored in a single game. This came on match number 20 when Tunisia whipped Zimbabwe 4-2 at Stade De L’Amitie in Libreville.

7 – Number of AFCON titles that Egypt had prior to the start of the tournament in Gabon — most number by any country on the continent.

8 – The most number of goals conceded by any team in the group stages. Zimbabwe conceded eight goals in the 2 all draw with Algeria, 2-0 loss to Senegal and 4-2 defeat at the hands of Tunisia.

  • The quarter finalists at AFCON 2017. Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Egypt Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana and Democratic Republic of Congo

10 – Number of goals scored in the quarter final and semifinal stages alone.

12 – Total number of officials that the participating countries had to submit and travel with in Gabon.

16 – The number of countries at AFCON 2017. Hosts Gabon were joined by Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and the debutants, Guinea Bissau.

17 – Center referees at AFCON 2017

21- Number of assistant referees

23 – Official number of players that each of the 16 finalists had to register at the tournament

24 – Group Stage matches.

28 – Number of referees who officiated at the tournament. 17 0f these were center referees and 21 assistant referees

31 – The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament marked the 31st edition since inception in 1957.

32 – Total number of matches played at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon.

39 – Number of years Uganda Cranes had taken without qualifying to play at AFCON since 1978.

44 – Age of the oldest player ever to feature at AFCON history, Essam Kamal Tawfik Elhadary, the goalkeeper of Egypt’s national team.

51 – Number of Goals scored in 24 group stage matches, an average of 2.1 goals per game.

80 – Distance in kilometers where Uganda Cranes hotel in Bitam (Hotel Benedicta) was from Stade D’Oyem.

192 – Total number of officials registered for the tournament from all the 16 finalists.

368 – Total number of players registered for the tournament from all the 16 countries that took part.

400 – Number of volunteers attached to each of the other three AFCON host venues – Oyem, Franceville and Port Gentil

433 – Number of minutes that Egypt goalie and captain Essam Kamal Tawfik Elhadary kept a clean sheet before he conceded from Aristide Bance’s well taken goal in the semifinals.

560 – Total number of players and officials from all the 16 finalists at the tournament in Gabo. Each country sent a 35 man delegation.

700 – Number of volunteers assigned to Libreville venue alone.

1500 – Total number of journalists accredited to work during the AFCON 2017 tournament

1900 – Total number of volunteers that served at the tournament

20,000 – Sitting capacity at Oyem, Port Gentil and Franceville stadia

38,000 – Sitting capacity at Stade De L’Amitie in Libreville

38,216 – Spectators who watched the 2-1 win for Cameroon at the Stade De L’Amitie in Libreville

475,000 – Amount in U.S Dollars for each of the 4th placed group stage teams

575,000 – Amount earned in U.S Dollars for each of 3rd placed teams in the groups

800,000 – Amount earned in US Dollars for each of the four losing quarter finalists.

2,000,000 – Amount in U.S Dollars that the second best country earned as prize money

4,000,000 – Amount in U.S Dollars that the winner pocketed

16,400,000 – Total amount of prize money distributed for all the countries.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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