A 9 African nations initially entered the competition. Ethiopia and Egypt both automatically qualified as the host country and title holders respectively. Morocco would withdraw before play began, thus leaving only 6 teams vying for the remaining two spots in the finals. This is the first time Sudan did not compete in tournament.
|Ethiopia (hosts)||3rd||1959||Runners-up (1957)|
|United Arab Republic||3rd||1959||Winners (1957, 1959)|