1978 African Cup of Nations

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1978 African Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Ghana
Dates 5 March – 16 March
Teams (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Ghana (3rd title)
Runners-up  Uganda
Third place  Nigeria
Fourth place  Tunisia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 38 (2.38 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ghana Opoku Afriyie
Nigeria Segun Odegbami
Uganda Phillip Omondi
(3 goals)
Best player Ghana Abdul Razak
1976
1980

The 1978 African Cup of Nations was the eleventh edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Accra and Kumasi, Ghana. The format of the competition changed from 1976: the field of eight teams was still split into two groups of four, but the final group stage was eliminated in favor of the knockout semifinals used in tournaments prior to 1976. Ghana won its third championship, beating Uganda in the final 2−0.

The Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) and Mali were disqualified from this competition in 1978 in the second round of the qualifiers, although the reason is unknown. Upper Volta, who had been beaten by the Ivory Coast in the first qualifying round, were given a place in the finals at their expense.

Qualified teams[edit]

The 8 qualified teams are:

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Accra
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Locations of the 1978 African Cup of Nations venues
Kumasi
Accra Sports Stadium Kumasi Sports Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,500
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Group stage[edit]

  • Teams highlighted in green progress to the quarterfinals
  • 2 points awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw at group stage

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
 Nigeria 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 4
 Zambia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 Upper Volta 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0
5 March 1978
Ghana  2–1  Zambia
Afriyie Goal 21'
Abdul Razak Goal 55'
Report Kapita Goal 8'
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Suleiman El Naim (Sudan)

5 March 1978
Nigeria  4–2  Upper Volta
Chukwu Goal 17'
Amiesimaka Goal 31'
Odegbami Goal 44'82'
Report Hien Goal 50'
Koïta Goal 52'
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: ... Sylla

8 March 1978
Zambia  2–0  Upper Volta
P. Phiri Goal 20'
B. Phiri Goal 88'
Report
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: C. Monty

8 March 1978
Nigeria  1–1  Ghana
Odegbami Goal 33' Report Goal 76' Klutse
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 60,000

10 March 1978
Zambia  0–0  Nigeria
Report
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 25,000

10 March 1978
Ghana  3–0  Upper Volta
Alhassan Goal 3'59'
Polo Goal 52'
Report
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Pierre Mutombo (Congo)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uganda 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 4
 Tunisia 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 4
 Morocco 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 3
 Congo 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
6 March 1978
Morocco  1–1  Tunisia
Acila Goal 29' Report Goal 63' Kaabi

6 March 1978
Uganda  3–1  Congo
Omondi Goal 1'
Semwanga Goal 31'
Kisitu Goal 81'
Report Goal 80' Mamounoubala

9 March 1978
Tunisia  3–1  Uganda
Labidi Goal 36'
Ben Aziza Goal 38'83'
Report Goal 71' Musenze

9 March 1978
Morocco  1–0  Congo
Acila Goal 28' Report
Kumasi Sports Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)

11 March 1978
Congo  0–0  Tunisia
Report
Kumasi Sports Stadium, Kumasi
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Salem Mohamed Adal (Libya)

11 March 1978
Uganda  3–0  Morocco
Kisitu Goal 13'
Nsereko Goal 32'
Omondi Goal 36'
Report

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
14 March – Accra
   Ghana   1  
   Tunisia   0  
 
16 March – Accra
       Ghana   2
     Uganda   0
Third place
14 March – Kumasi 16 March – Accra
   Uganda   2    Tunisia   1
   Nigeria   1      Nigeria   1

Semi-finals[edit]

14 March 1978
Ghana  1–0  Tunisia
Abdul Razak Goal 57' Report
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Youssef El Ghoul (Libya)

14 March 1978
Uganda  2–1  Nigeria
Nasur Goal 11'
Omondi Goal 58'
Report Eyo Goal 54'

Third place match[edit]

1The match was abandoned after Tunisia walked off in the 42nd minute with the score tied at 1-1 to protest the officiating. Nigeria were awarded a 2-0 win, and Tunisia were banned from CAF competitions for two years.[1]

Final[edit]

16 March 1978
Ghana  2–0  Uganda
Afriyie Goal 38'64' Report
Accra Sports Stadium, Accra
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Youssef El Ghoul (Libya)

Winner[edit]

 African Cup of Nations 1978 Champion 

Ghana
3rd title

Scorers[edit]

  • The two scorers in the third place match not added.
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

CAF Team of the Tournament[edit]

Goalkeeper

Defenders

Midfielders

Forwards

References[edit]

  1. ^ "16 March 1978 - The Eagles Of Carthage Get Grounded". www.thisdayinfootballhistory.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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