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 8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 2 (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 each)
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. 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:

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.[1]

Squads[edit]

Venues[edit]

Accra
Locations of the 1978 African Cup of Nations venues
Kumasi
Accra Sports Stadium Kumasi Sports Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,500
Ohene Djan stadium, Accra.jpg Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.jpg

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
Ghana  2–1  Zambia
Afriyie Goal 21'
Abdul Razak Goal 55'
Report Kapita Goal 8'
Attendance: 50,000

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

Zambia  2–0  Upper Volta
P. Phiri Goal 20'
B. Phiri Goal 88'
Report
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: C. Monty

Nigeria  1–1  Ghana
Odegbami Goal 33' Report Goal 76' Klutse
Attendance: 60,000

Zambia  0–0  Nigeria
Report
Attendance: 25,000

Ghana  3–0  Upper Volta
Alhassan Goal 3'59'
Polo Goal 52'
Report
Attendance: 25,000

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
Morocco  1–1  Tunisia
Acila Goal 29' Report Goal 63' Kaabi

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

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

Morocco  1–0  Congo
Acila Goal 28' Report
Attendance: 50,000

Congo  0–0  Tunisia
Report
Attendance: 20,000

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   11

Semi-finals[edit]

Ghana  1–0  Tunisia
Abdul Razak Goal 57' Report
Attendance: 10,000

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

Third place match[edit]

Nigeria  1–11  Tunisia
Mohammed Goal 42' Report Akid Goal 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.[2]

Final[edit]

Ghana  2–0  Uganda
Afriyie Goal 38'64' Report
Attendance: 40,000

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. ^ "African Nations Cup 1978". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  2. ^ "16 March 1978 - The Eagles Of Carthage Get Grounded". www.thisdayinfootballhistory.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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