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United Arab Republic v Sudan (1959 African Cup of Nations)

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United Arab Republic v Sudan (1959 African Cup of Nations)

1959 African Cup of Nations Final
Event 1959 African Cup of Nations
Date 29 May 1959
Venue Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Referee Zivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)
Attendance 30,000

United Arab Republic v Sudan was the decisive match of group stage at the 1959 African Cup of Nations. The match was played at the Al Ahly Stadium in Cairo on 29 May 1959. Unlike other Cup of Nations, the 1959 winner was determined by a final group stage, with the final three teams playing in round-robin format, instead of a knockout stage.

Each team having defeated Ethiopia but the goal difference was in favor of United Arab Republic, Sudan needed a win while United Arab Republic needed only to avoid defeat to claim the title of African Cup of Nations.

United Arab Republic beat Sudan 2−1, keeps 1st place in the group, winning their 2nd title.[1][2]


Positions before the final round
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United Arab Republic 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 2
 Sudan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0

The road to the title in the 1959 African Cup of Nations was unique; used round-robin group instead of a knockout stage, The final three teams were United Arab Republic (host country), Sudan and Ethiopia.

United Arab Republic and Sudan won their first match against Ethiopia, UAR won 4–0, go to top of the group with two points going into the final match. while Sudan won by 1–0, Sudan were close behind in second place.


Match details

29 May 1959
United Arab Republic  2–1  Sudan
Baheeg Goal 12'89' Report Manzul Goal 65'
Al Ahly Stadium, Cairo
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Zivko Bajic (Yugoslavia)
GK ' Adel Hekal
DF ' Tarek Selim
DF ' Yaken Hussein
DF ' Rifaat El-Fanagily
DF ' Taha Ismail
MF ' Mimi El-Sherbini
MF ' Mahmoud El-Gohary
MF ' Sherif El-Far
MF ' Saleh Selim
FW ' Essam Baheeg
FW ' Alaa El-Hamouly
Pál Titkos
GK ' Samir Mohammed Ali
' Ahmed Mutawakil Mohammed El-Bashir
' Hassan Mohammed Al-Abd
' Ibrahim Mohammed Ali 'Ibrahim Kabir'
' Abbas Al-Hedi Syam
' Suleiman Difalla Al-Mahina
' Mahmoud Abd Zoubeir
' Boraî Bashir
' Mutalib Abdel-Nasser 'Drissa'
' Siddiq Manzul
' Abdullah Wahaga
Josef Hada


Team Pld
Final positions
 United Arab Republic 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4
 Sudan 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
 Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0


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