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The 1978 Africa 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.

1978 Africa Cup of Nations
Tournament details
Host country Ghana
Dates5 March – 16 March
Teams8 (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 played16
Goals scored38 (2.38 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ghana Opoku Afriyie
Nigeria Segun Odegbami
Uganda Phillip Omondi
(3 goals each)
Best player(s)Ghana Abdul Razak
1976
1980

Ivory Coast 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.

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Qualified teamsEdit

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]

SquadsEdit

VenuesEdit

Accra
Locations of the 1978 African Cup of Nations venues
Kumasi
Accra Sports Stadium Kumasi Sports Stadium
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,500
   

Group stageEdit

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

Group AEdit

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   21'
Abdul Razak   55'
Report Kapita   8'
Attendance: 50,000

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

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

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

Zambia  0–0  Nigeria
Report
Attendance: 25,000

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

Group BEdit

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   29' Report   63' Kaabi

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

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

Morocco  1–0  Congo
Acila   28' Report

Congo  0–0  Tunisia
Report

Uganda  3–0  Morocco
Kisitu   13'
Nsereko   32'
Omondi   36'
Report

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
14 March – Accra
 
 
  Ghana 1
 
16 March – Accra
 
  Tunisia 0
 
  Ghana 2
 
14 March – Kumasi
 
  Uganda 0
 
  Uganda 2
 
 
  Nigeria 1
 
Third place
 
 
16 March – Accra
 
 
  Tunisia 1
 
 
  Nigeria 11

Semi-finalsEdit

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

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

Third place matchEdit

Nigeria  1–11  Tunisia
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 the next tournament.[2]

FinalEdit

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

WinnerEdit

 African Cup of Nations 1978 Champion 
 
Ghana
3rd title

ScorersEdit

CAF Team of the TournamentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "African Nations Cup 1978". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "16 March 1978 - The Eagles Of Carthage Get Grounded". www.thisdayinfootballhistory.blogspot.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.

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