WAFU Nations Cup

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WAFU Nations Cup
WAFU Nations Cup logo.jpg
RegionWest Africa
Number of teams8
Current championsFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Website https://wafucup.com

The WAFU Nations Cup (often abbreviated as the WAFU Cup) is an association football competition that is contested by representative teams of the West African Football Union.

West African Football Union

The West African Football Union, officially abbreviated as WAFU-UFOA and WAFU, is an association of the football playing nations in West Africa. It was the brainchild of the Senegal Football Federation who requested that the nations belonging to CAF's Zone A and B meet and hold a regular competitive tournament. The union organises several competitions including the WAFU Nations Cup and in 2008 they organised an under-20 championship.

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History

A trophy was commissioned by President Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Togo in 1974 with a view to establishing a regional competition similar to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. [1] The maiden event was hosted in Abidjan and the hosts Ivory Coast won the tournament.

Gnassingbé Eyadéma 20th and 21st-century President of Togo

Gnassingbé Eyadéma was the President of Togo from 1967 until his death in 2005. He participated in two successful military coups, in January 1963 and January 1967, and became President on April 14, 1967.

Abidjan City and autonomous district in Côte dIvoire

Abidjan is the economic capital of Ivory Coast and one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa. According to the 2014 census, Abidjan's population was 4.7 million, which is 20 percent of the overall population of the country, and this also makes it the sixth most populous city proper in Africa, after Lagos, Cairo, Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam, and Johannesburg. A cultural crossroads of West Africa, Abidjan is characterised by a high level of industrialisation and urbanisation.

The West African Nations Cup (Zone 3) commenced in 1982 on an annual basis (not in 1985), and was played until 1987. Meanwhile, in 1983 ECOWAS (French:CEDEAO) create another tournament, the CEDEAO Cup (Zone 3) and it was played on a bi-annual basis until 1991.

The West African Nations Cup, also known as CSSA Nations Cup or "Zone 3" Championship, was a football championship held from 1982 to 1987, but discontinued. Ghana won all editions, and indeed never lost a single match among the 25 they played. The tournament was unsuccessfully revived in 2001 as WAFU Championship; in 2005 a "WAFU Laurent Gbagbo West African Unity Cup" was organised between four of the better teams of the region, apparently as an invitational tournament so not a proper successor of the tournament of the eighties.

Economic Community of West African States intergovernmental economic unnion

The Economic Community of West African States, also known as ECOWAS, is a regional economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa. Collectively, these countries comprise an area of 5,114,162 km2 (1,974,589 sq mi), and in 2015 had an estimated population of over 349 million.

The CEDEAO Cup was an international men's football tournament for nations in the Economic Community of West African States. The tournament was held biannually between 1983 and 1991, and may also have taken place in 1977, but few data are known.

Zone 2 also had their own tournament created, the Amílcar Cabral Cup, named after the liberator of Guinea-Bissau, Amílcar Cabral.

The Amílcar Cabral Cup was an international association football tournament for Western African nations. The competition originally was played on an annual basis until 1989, since then it has been played on a biennial basis.

The West African Nations Cup returned in 2002 as the WAFU Nations Cup, however, officially it was not considered simply as a continuation of the old tournament, and therefore it is a new tournament. The 2002 edition was short-lived after violence broke out in Ivory Coast. [2] Two games of the tournament had been played when it was cancelled. Finally, after an eight-year wait, the tournament returned in April 2010 which Nigeria's Ogun State hosted and the host nation won.

The 2019 edition will be played in Senegal, and the 2021 tournament will be hosted by Nigeria. [3]

Tournament history

YearHostFinalThird place match
WinnerScoreRunner-upThird placeScoreFourth place
2002
Details
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Abandoned one day into tournament due to the First Ivorian Civil War.
2010
Details
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
2–0Flag of Senegal.svg
Senegal
Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
1–0Flag of Burkina Faso.svg
Burkina Faso
2011
Details
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Flag of Togo.svg
Togo
3–2Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Liberia.svg
Liberia
3–1Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
2013
Details
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
3–1Flag of Senegal.svg
Senegal
Flag of Benin.svg
Benin
1–2Flag of Togo.svg
Togo
2017
Details
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana Flag of Ghana.svg
Ghana
4–1Flag of Nigeria.svg
Nigeria
Flag of Niger.svg
Niger
2–1Flag of Benin.svg
Benin
2019
Details
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal
2021
Details
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria

See also

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References

  1. Ibagere, Eniwoke (18 September 2002). "Wafu's bumpy ride". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. "Wafu Cup". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 September 2002. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  3. https://ghanasoccernet.com/wafu-cup-of-nations-senegal-to-host-2019-tournament-nigeria-gets-nod-for-2021