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The countdown to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is down to 27 days and Kawowo Sports continues with the build-up to the coveted championship.

In today’s article, we take a look at the hat tricks scored at the final tournaments.

Ad-Diba of Egypt was the first player to score a hat-trick in Africa Cup of Nations (1957) and he remains the only player to score a hat trick in the final game of Africa Cup of Nations 1957 against Ethiopia.

Hassan El-Shazly of Egypt is the only player to score a hat-trick in two Africa Cup of Nations (1963 and 1970).

Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast is the only player to score a hat-trick involving five goals in Africa Cup of Nations. He scored five goals as Ivory Coast obliterated Ethiopia at the 1970 edition.

The fastest hat-trick was scored by Benedict McCarthy of South Africa against Namibia in 1998 (8′, 11′, 19′ and 21′ minutes) in their 4-1 victory.

Ad-Diba of Egypt and Benedict McCarthy of South Africa are the only players to score all the hat-trick goals of a match alone that which are more than 3 goals in 1957 and 1998 with 4 goals each.

There is no player who scored a hat-trick in a losing match or drawing match of Africa Cup of Nations.

1970, 1998 and 2006 are the only tournaments to have registered more than one hat-trick with two each tournament. In the 1962; 1965; 1972; 1976; 1978; 1980; 1982; 1984; 1986; 1988; 1990; 1992; 2000; 2002; 2010; 2012; 2013; 2015 and 2017 tournaments, there were no hat-tricks registered.

Egypt holds a record of most hat-tricks scored with 5 while Ethiopia has conceded more hat-tricks with 3 and conceded most goals from hat-tricks with 12 goals.

List of Hattricks at AFCON

1- Ad- Diba in 1957 against Ethiopia in Egypt’s 4-1 win. He scored all the four goals in the final.

2- Mahmoud El-Goulnany of Egypt scored against Ethiopia in the 4-0 win.

3- Egypt’s Hassan El-Shazly scored a double brace as Egypt routed Nigeria 6-3 in 1963.

4- Hacene Lalmas of Algeria scored a treble in their 4-0 win against Uganda at the 1968 edition.

5- Laurent Pokou of Ivory Coast is the only player to have scored five goals in one game at the Africa Cup of Nations. He did so in Ivory Coast’s 6-1 win against Ethiopia in 1970.

6- Hassan El-Shazly scored his second hat trick at AFCON in 1970 as Egypt defeated Ivory Coast 3-1.

7- The seventh hat trick was scored by Zambia’s Bernard Chanda as the Chipolopolo thumped Congo 4-2 in 1974.

8- Joel Tiehi scored a hat trick for Ivory Coast in 1994 as the Elephants won 4-0 against Sierra Leone.

9- Legendary Kalushya Bwalya netted three goals for Zambia against Sierra Leone in their 4-0 win at the 1996 edition.

10- South Africa’s Benedict McCarthy has the record for the fastest hat trick. He scored four goals against Namibia in 29 minutes in 1998.

11- Hossam Hassan of Egypt scored three goals as the Pharaohs won, 4-0, against Zambia in 1998.

12- Cameroon’s Patrick Mboma grabbed a hat trick in their 5-3 win over Zimbabwe in 2004.

13- Leading all-time scorer Samuel Eto’o also netted a hat trick in 2006 as Cameroon defeated Angola 3-1.

14- Francileudo dos Santos of Tunisia registered a treble in their 4-1 against Zambia in 2006.

15- The last hat trick scored at Africa Cup of Nations came from Morocco’s Soufiane Alloudi in their 5-1 win against Namibia in 2008.

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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