Invasions, drop-outs and a bye to the final: admin mayhem in the first Africa Cup of Nations

Almost every major tournament has its teething problems. Whether it’s the World Cup in 1930 and the refusal of many teams to travel to Uruguay, or the first European Championship in 1960 – less a competition than an object lesson in how not to bring together the continent’s finest teams – the road to success is often tough.

In keeping with tradition, the Africa Cup of Nations – now firmly established (if not widely welcomed by Premier League clubs, managers or fans) as one of the world’s premier international competitions – endured a similarly chastening opening in 1957.

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