"We are tremendously happy with the outcome. We had certain expectations and the LOC [Local Organising Committee] exceeded those expectations," said Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary general Hicham El Amrani.
The tournament came to a close on Sunday following Nigeria's 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in Soweto's Soccer City stadium.
South Africa organised the Afcon in just a few months - after political upheaval forced Libya to pull out - and the event had record ticket sales.
"Having in total 857,000 tickets given or sold is a tremendous achievement," El Amrani said. "South Africa has set a benchmark in the history of the tournament since it started."
Afcon 2015 will be hosted by Morocco. Qualification matches for the competition will be played from September to November in 2014.
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