1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Listed below are the dates and results for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification.

A total of 26 CAF teams entered the competition. The African Zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the final tournament.

There would be five rounds of play:

  • Preliminary Round, First Round, Second Round and Third Round: In each of these rounds, the teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the next round, until there would be 3 teams left.
  • Final Round: The 3 teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sierra Leone   6–3   Niger 5–1 1–2
Upper Volta   3–1   Mauritania 1–1 2–0
7 March 1976 Sierra Leone  5 – 1  NigerFreetown, Sierra Leone
Dumbuya   37',   68'
Sounomu   57',   66'
Tray   70'
Adamou   17' Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 4,250
Referee: Aguiahr Komla Barto (Togo)
21 March 1976 Niger  2 – 1  Sierra LeoneNiamey, Niger
Seydou   36'
Kanfideni   52'
Sango   37' Stadium: Stade du 29 Juillet
Attendance: 5,641
Referee: Thompson Shakirudeen Badru (Nigeria)

Sierra Leone won 6–3 on agg. and advanced to the First Round.


13 March 1976 Upper Volta  1 – 1  MauritaniaOuagadougou, Upper Volta
Kaboré   44' Coulibaly   68' (pen.) Stadium: Stade Municipal
Attendance: 3,323
Referee: Adamou Mamoudou (Niger)
28 March 1976 Mauritania  0 – 2  Upper VoltaNouakchott, Mauritania
Zoma   32'
Ouattara   52'
Stadium: Stade de la Capitale
Attendance: 1,782
Referee: Mody Ba (Mali)

Upper Volta won 3–1 on agg. and advanced to the First Round.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Algeria   1–0   Libya 1–0 0–0
Morocco   2–2 (2–4 p)   Tunisia 1–1 1–1
Togo   2–1   Senegal 1–0 1–1
Ghana   3–5   Guinea 2–1 1–2 0–2
Sierra Leone   2–6   Nigeria 0–0 2–6
Congo-Brazzaville   4–2   Cameroon 2–2 2–0
Upper Volta   1–3   Ivory Coast 1–1 0–2
Egypt   5–1   Ethiopia 3–0 2–1
Zambia   5–0   Malawi 4–0 1–0
Zaire   w/o   Central African Republic
Kenya   w/o   Sudan
Uganda   w/o   Tanzania
1 April 1976 Algeria  1 – 0  LibyaAlgiers, Algeria
Betrouni   83' Stadium: 5 July Stadium
Attendance: 15,267
Referee: Jean Dubach (Switzerland)
16 April 1976 Libya  0 – 0  AlgeriaTripoli, Libya
Stadium: 11 June Stadium
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Emilio Guruceta Muro (Spain)

Algeria won 1–0 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


12 December 1976 Morocco  1 – 1  TunisiaCasablanca, Morocco
Lakhal   35' Dhiab   56' Stadium: Stade Père Jégo
Attendance: 13,056
Referee: Wöhrer (Austria)
9 January 1977 Tunisia  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)
(4 – 2 p)
  MoroccoTunis, Tunisia
Labidi   34' Tahir   55' Stadium: Stade El Menzah
Attendance: 44,500
Referee: Hungerbühler (Switzerland)

The aggregate score was tied 2–2, but Tunisia won 4–2 on penalties in the second leg to advance to the Second Round. This was the first penalty shootout in a World Cup match.[1]


17 October 1976 Togo  1 – 0  SenegalLomé, Togo
Rachidou   87' Stadium: Stade Général Eyadema
Attendance: 5,173
Referee: Dwomoh (Ghana)
31 October 1976 Senegal  1 – 1  TogoDakar, Senegal
Ba   63' Afanou   58' Stadium: Stade Demba Diop
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Abdelali (Morocco)

Togo won 2–1 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


10 October 1976 Ghana  2 – 1  GuineaAccra, Ghana
Kassum   57'
Afriyle   83'
Y. Camara   52' Stadium: Accra Sports Stadium
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Koudou (Ivory Coast)
31 October 1976 Guinea  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  GhanaConakry, Guinea
Papa Camara   51'
Keita   56'
Ansah   59' Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Aouissi (Algeria)

The aggregate score was tied 3–3, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would advance to the Second Round.

16 January 1977 Ghana  0 – 2  GuineaLomé, Togo
Papa Camara   3'
S. Sylla   31'
Stadium: Stade Général Eyadema
Attendance: 13,482
Referee: N'diaye (Senegal)

Guinea advanced to the Second Round, via the play-off.


16 October 1976 Sierra Leone  0 – 0  NigeriaFreetown, Sierra Leone
Stadium: Reckrie Stadium
Attendance: 5,173
Referee: Turkson (Ghana)
30 October 1976 Nigeria  6 – 2  Sierra LeoneLagos, Nigeria
Odegbami   25'
Atuegbu   31',   34'
Usiyan   40'
Emeteole   63'
Awesu   77'
Dyfan   74'
Sama   88' (pen.)
Stadium: Surulere Stadium
Attendance: 25,996
Referee: Matovu (Tanzania)

Nigeria won 6–2 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


17 October 1976 Congo-Brazzaville  2 – 2  CameroonBrazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville
Mounoudzi   66' (pen.)
Wamba   76'
Milla   11'
Onguene   35'
Stadium: Stade de la Revolution
Attendance: 17,367
Referee: Gumboh (Zambia)
31 October 1976 Cameroon  0 – 2
Awarded[2]
(1 – 2 82')
  Congo-BrazzavilleYaoundé, Cameroon
Milla   7' Ebomoa   19'
N'Domba   52'
Stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
Attendance: 26,050
Referee: Housainou N'Jai (Gambia)

Congo-Brazzaville won 4–2 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


4 September 1976 Upper Volta  1 – 1  Ivory CoastOuagadougou, Upper Volta
Kaboré   70' Bawa   36' Stadium: Stade Municipal
Attendance: 5,418
Referee: N'diaye (Senegal)
26 September 1976 Ivory Coast  2 – 0  Upper VoltaAbidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Kouame   17'
Kouman   34'
Stadium: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Attendance: 5,960
Referee: Diagne (Guinea)

Côte d'Ivoire won 3–1 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


29 October 1976 Egypt  3 – 0  EthiopiaCairo, Egypt
El Khatib   4'19'77' Stadium: Nasser Stadium
Attendance: 120,000
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)
14 November 1976 Ethiopia  1 – 2  EgyptAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kassahun   40' El Khatib   12'73' Stadium: Addis Ababa Stadium
Attendance: 150,000
Referee: Wurtz (France)

Egypt won 5–1 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


9 May 1976 Zambia  4 – 0  MalawiLusaka, Zambia
Chanda   4'
Phiri   12'75'
Chamangwana   88' (o.g.)
Stadium: 7 April Stadium
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Muamba Kabwe (Zaire)
30 May 1976 Malawi  0 – 1  ZambiaBlantyre, Malawi
Kapita   48' Stadium: Kamuzu Stadium
Attendance: 8,230
Referee: Charles Randrianaly (Madagascar)

Zambia won 5–0 on agg. and advanced to the Second Round.


Central African Republic withdrew, so Zaire advanced to the Second Round automatically.


Kenya  w/o  Sudan
Withdrew

Sudan withdrew, so Kenya advanced to the Second Round automatically.


Uganda  w/o  Tanzania
Withdrew

Tanzania withdrew, so Uganda advanced to the Second Round automatically.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Tunisia   3–1   Algeria 2–0 1–1
Togo   1–4   Guinea 0–2 1–2
Ivory Coast   6–3   Congo-Brazzaville 3–2 3–1
Kenya   0–1   Egypt 0–0 0–1
Uganda   3–4   Zambia 1–0 2–4 (aet)
Nigeria   w/o   Zaire
6 February 1977 Tunisia  2 – 0  AlgeriaTunis, Tunisia
Akid   56'
Kaabi   73'
Stadium: Stade El Menzah
Attendance: 39,987
Referee: Antoine Queudeville (Luxembourg)
28 February 1977 Algeria  1 – 1  TunisiaAlgiers, Algeria
Guendouz   34' Jebali   89' Stadium: 5 July stadium
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Paul Bonett (Malta)

Tunisia won 3–1 on agg. and advanced to the Third Round.


13 February 1977 Togo  0 – 2  GuineaLomé, Togo
Bangoura   15'
Souleymane   84'
Stadium: Stade Général Eyadema
Attendance: 7,976
Referee: Felix Balloux (Ivory Coast)
27 February 1977 Guinea  2 – 1  TogoConakry, Guinea
Papa Camara   36'
Tollo   40' (pen.)
Ametepé   55' Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tanor Dieng (Senegal)

Guinea won 4–1 on agg. and advanced to the Third Round.


13 February 1977 Ivory Coast  3 – 2  Congo-BrazzavilleBouaké, Ivory Coast
G'Bize   10'
Mamahou   20'
Kouman   81'
Bahamboula   36'
N'Domba   89'
Stadium: Municipal Stadium
Attendance: 3,600
Referee: Dwomoh (Ghana)
27 February 1977 Congo-Brazzaville  1 – 3  Ivory CoastBrazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville
Lingongo   23' Kouman   10'
Miézan   38'
G'Bize   82'
Stadium: Stade de la Révolution
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Festus Okubule (Nigeria)

Ivory Coast won 6–3 on agg. and advanced to the Third Round.


6 February 1977 Kenya  0 – 0  EgyptNairobi, Kenya
Stadium: Nairobi City Stadium
Attendance: 8,337
Referee: Ahmed Jama (Somalia)
27 February 1977 Egypt  1 – 0  KenyaCairo, Egypt
Khalil   13' Stadium: Nasser Stadium
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: El-Ghoul (Libya)

Egypt won 1–0 on agg. and advanced to the Third Round.


13 February 1977 Uganda  1 – 0  ZambiaKampala, Uganda
Ouma   73' Stadium: Nakivubo Stadium
Attendance: 11,940
Referee: Ismael Yusuf Kemal (Ethiopia)
27 February 1977 Zambia  4 – 2 (a.e.t.)  UgandaNdola, Zambia
Chola   28'
Chanda   34'
Chitalu   85'106'
Nasur   14'
Obua   74'
Stadium: Dag Hammarskjöld Stadium
Attendance: 120,000
Referee: Gratian Matovu (Tanzania)

Zambia won 4–3 on agg. and advanced to the Third Round.


Nigeria  w/o  Zaire
Withdrew

Zaire withdrew, so Nigeria advanced to the Third Round automatically.

Third roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Guinea   2–3   Tunisia 1–0 1–3
Nigeria   6–2   Ivory Coast 4–0 2–2
Egypt   2–0   Zambia 2–0 0–0
5 June 1977 Guinea  1 – 0  TunisiaConakry, Guinea
I. Sylla   77' Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Mohamed Larache (Morocco)
19 June 1977 Tunisia  3 – 1  GuineaTunis, Tunisia
Liman   9'
Lahzami   59'
Khouini   62'
A. Sylla   11' Stadium: Stade El Menzah
Attendance: 35,248
Referee: Hussein Fahmy Bahig (Egypt)

Tunisia won 3–2 on agg. and advanced to the Final Round.


10 July 1977 Nigeria  4 – 0  Ivory CoastLagos, Nigeria
Usiyan   7',  30'
Iwelumo   18'
Ojebode   56' (pen.)
Stadium: Surulere Stadium
Attendance: 29,815
Referee: Nyirenda Chayu (Zambia)
25 July 1977 Ivory Coast  2 – 2  NigeriaBouaké, Ivory Coast
Mamahou   37'58' Odegbami   74'
Amiesimaka   89'
Stadium: Municipal Stadium
Attendance: 2,040
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)

Nigeria won 6–2 on agg. and advanced to the Final Round.


15 July 1977 Egypt  2 – 0  ZambiaCairo, Egypt
Gaafar   29'
Hammam   49'
Stadium: Nasser Stadium
Attendance: 135,746
Referee: Alberto Michelotti (Italy)
31 July 1977 Zambia  0 – 0  EgyptLusaka, Zambia
Stadium: 7 April Stadium
Attendance: 130,165
Referee: Gordon (Scotland)

Egypt won 2–0 on agg. and advanced to the Final Round.

Final roundEdit

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Tunisia 5 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3
2   Egypt 4 4 2 0 2 7 11 −4
3   Nigeria 3 4 1 1 2 5 4 +1
Tunisia  0 – 0  Nigeria
Attendance: 8,229
Referee: John Carpenter (Republic of Ireland)

Nigeria  4 – 0  Egypt
Chukwu   24'
Odegbami   54',  67'
N'Wadioha   74'
Referee: César da Luz Dias Correia (Portugal)

Egypt  3 – 1  Nigeria
Abdou   11'27'
Mokhtar   50'
Iwelumo   75'
Attendance: 190,000
Referee: Emmanuel Platopoulos (Greece)

Nigeria  0 – 1  Tunisia
Odiye   61' (o.g.)
Attendance: 180,000
Referee: Ernst Dörflinger (Switzerland)

Egypt  3 – 2  Tunisia
Gaafar   26' (pen.)
Abdou   53'
El Khatib   83'
Ben Aziza   80'
Akid   87'
Attendance: 185,000
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)

Tunisia  4 – 1  Egypt
Akid   15'
Lahzami   42'
Ben Aziza   65'
Labidi   75'
Abdel Baki   80'
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Gianfranco Menegali (Italy)

Tunisia qualified.

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Communications Division (27 July 2007). "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). Good to Know. FIFA. p. 22. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
  2. ^ The second leg was abandoned in the 82nd minute due to riots, and subsequently FIFA awarded a 2–0 victory to Congo.

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