The AFCON tinge of Brothers’ Affair

Edwin  - CEO January 12, 2024
Updated 2024/01/12 at 10:56 AM
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Siblings that have together played in the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON



Countdown to AFCON 2023, presented by Ed Emeanua


  • Mauritania to have four brothers in TotalEnergies CAF AFCON 2023
  • Hassan brothers are the only siblings to have lifted the title together twice
  • The Toure and Ayew brothers have played the most TotalEnergies AFCON titles together (6)


The 34th edition of Africa’s biggest event, the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, kicks off in less than 48 hours, with 24 solid African nations set to battle it out for Africa’s most coveted title.


With all 24 teams raring to go, CAFOnline looks at interesting statistical information about brothers playing in the same national team at the various editions of the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.


In the history of the competition, six siblings have managed to win the trophy: the Ethiopians Italo and Luciano Vassalo in 1962, the Congolese Albert Bwanga and Robert Kazadi in 1974, the Cameroonians André and François Biyik in 1988, the Zambians Christopher and Felix Katongo in 2012, the Ivorians Yaya and Kolo Touré in 2015.


Egypt’s Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan won two TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 1986 and 1998.


Kolo and Yaya Touré (Cote d’Ivoire – AFCON 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2015)


Football-wise, Kolo and Yaya have experienced almost everything. For years, they were teammates and opponents in the English Premier League. When asked about their most considerable emotion as players, they pointed out their victory in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2015.


Before reaching the holy grail in Equatorial Guinea, the Touré brothers had played in 5 TotalEnergies AFCON competitions.


André and Jordan Ayew (Ghana – AFCON 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 & 2023)


 2023 will be the sixth TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations that Abedi Pelé’s sons will play together. In 2015, André and Jordan Ayew were on the verge of winning their first continental title but couldn’t wrestle the might of Côte d’Ivoire during an endless penalty shootout.


André Kana Biyik and François Omam Biyik (Cameroon – AFCON 1988, 1990 and 1992)


The two wield distinct skill sets. The youngest François is an elegant striker; he scored a goal in the 1990 World Cup against Diego Maradona’s Argentina and lives on.


The two brothers played together in three TotalEnergies CAF AFCON competitions.


Hossam and Ibrahim Hassan (Egypt 1986 & 1998)


Until now, no siblings have managed to do better than them. The Hassan brothers achieved the feat of winning two TotalEnergies CAF AFCON titles.


Alain and Traoré (Burkina Faso –  2015 and 2017)


Finalists in 2013, and after an unsuccessful attempt in 2015, the two brothers had to settle for a bronze medal in 2017.


Sambou and Mustapha Yatabaré (Mali – 2015 and 2017)


Now retired, the two Malian brothers defended the colors of Mali in 2015 and 2017. The two participations ended in elimination in the first round of the competition.


Christopher and Felix Katongo (Zambia – 2012 and 2013)


Zambia won its first TotalEnergies CAF AFCON in 2012. Christopher Katongo participated in this fantastic odyssey alongside his younger brother, Félix.


But this wasn’t a Zambian first. In 1994 and 1996, Kenneth and Mordon Malitoli became the first Zambian siblings to compete in the competition.


Italo and Luciano Vassalo (Ethiopia – 1962)


Luciano and Italo Vassalo are the first brothers to have played in the same team during the 1962 edition in Addis Ababa. Luciano would later be crowned best player of the competition, a first for an Ethiopian player.


Nouh Mohamed El Abd, Sidi Ahmed Mohamed El Abd, Lamine Ba and El Hadji Ba (Mauritania – 2023)


For the 2023 edition, four brothers are making an appearance for Mauritania. Nouh Mohamed El Abd and his little brother Sidi Ahmed Mohamed El Abd. Both players play at FC Nouadhibou, Nouh in defense, and Sidi in the middle.


His brother, El Hadji, will also accompany Lamine Ba. Born in France, Ba brothers will play their first Africa Cup of Nations with Mauritania.


Albert Bwanga and Robert Kazadi (DR Congo – 1974)


Albert Bwanga and Robert Kazadi represented the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are one of six siblings to have won the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON.


Ghana also had two pairs of brothers during the 2008 edition; Asamoah Gyan was accompanied by his big brother Baffour. Richard and Laryea also represented the Kingston family.


In 2004, Zimbabwean Peter Ndlovu played in the competition with his brother Adam.


During this same edition, Benin had Tchomogo Oumar and Seidath. 2000 Salou, Bachirou, and Tadjou brought joy to Togo, just like Mohamed and Musa Kallon with Sierra Leone in 1996. The 1994 AFCON saw Samir and Adel Sellimi defend the colors of Tunisia.


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