Video: ERi-TV Team Eritrea Winners of 1962 African Cup of Nations

ERi-TV Team Eritrea Winners of 1962 African Cup of Nations

1962 African Cup of Nations campaign when Ethiopia won their only trophy to date. Eritrean Luciano Vassalo captain of the team, scored 2 goals in the semifinal against Tunisia and was tied for third highest scorer in the tournament. He was even named "Player of the tournament", the only Eritrean to claim that award. He was handed the trophy by Haile Selassie.

The 1962 African Cup of Nations was the third edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Ethiopia. Nine countries entered the competition, including the reigning champions Egypt, meaning for the first time a qualification tournament was required. The finals only included four teams. Egypt, as holders, and Ethiopia as hosts, qualified automatically meaning each needed to play only one game to reach the final. Ethiopia won the tournament for the first time after extra time in the final.

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