CAF is the governing body of African Football and was founded in 1957. The founding members are Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa. With a membership of 54 Member Associations, the secretariat is based Egypt.

The wheels that led to the birth of CAF were actually set in motion outside Africa, in Lisbon Portugal in June 1956.

The Portuguese capital was playing host to the FIFA Congress, and it was the African nations in attendance (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and South Africa) who carried the African confederation to the baptismal font by taking advantage of that gathering to discuss matters of common interest.

On 10 February, after CAF’s constitutive assembly, the Sudanese capital witnessed the birth of the first Africa Cup of Nations which was won by Egypt. It would prove to be the start of an exhilarating adventure and one that is continuing today with countless unforgettable moments along the way to help define the characteristics and traits associated with African football.

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