1978 African Cup of Nations
|Dates||5 March – 16 March|
|Teams||8 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Ghana (3rd title)|
|Goals scored||38 (2.38 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Opoku Afriyie
(3 goals each)
|Best player||Abdul Razak|
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. 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.
The 8 qualified teams are:
1 Ivory Coast originally qualified by beating Mali 2-1 on aggregate, but both teams were disqualified: Ivory Coast for fielding an ineligible player in the second leg, and Mali due to police and stadium security assaulting the match officials during the first leg. Upper Volta, who had lost to Ivory Coast in the previous round, were given their place in the finals.
|Accra Sports Stadium||Kumasi Sports Stadium|
|Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 40,500|
- Teams highlighted in green progress to the quarterfinals
- 2 points awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw at group stage
Abdul Razak 55'
Odegbami 44', 82'
|P. Phiri 20'
B. Phiri 88'
|Alhassan 3', 59'
|Acila 29'||Report||63' Kaabi|
Ben Aziza 38', 83'
|14 March – Accra|
|16 March – Accra|
|14 March – Kumasi||16 March – Accra|
|Abdul Razak 57'||Report|
Third place match
|Mohammed 42'||Report||Akid 19'|
1 The 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.
|Afriyie 38', 64'||Report|
|African Cup of Nations 1978 Champion|
- The two scorers in the third place match not added.
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
CAF Team of the Tournament
- "African Nations Cup 1978". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
- "16 March 1978 - The Eagles Of Carthage Get Grounded". www.thisdayinfootballhistory.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.