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The 1988 Africa Cup of Nations was the 16th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer championship of Africa (CAF). It was hosted by Morocco, who replaced original host Zambia. Just like in 1986, the field of eight teams was split into two groups of four. The tournament final was held in Casablanca at Stade Mohamed V. Cameroon won its second championship, beating Nigeria in the final 1−0.

1988 Africa Cup of Nations
كأس أمم إفريقيا 1988
Coupe d'Afrique des Nations 1988
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Tournament details
Host country Morocco
Dates13 – 27 March
Teams8 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Cameroon (2nd title)
Runners-up Nigeria
Third place Algeria
Fourth place Morocco
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored23 (1.44 per match)
Top scorer(s)Algeria Lakhdar Belloumi
Cameroon Roger Milla
Egypt Gamal Abdelhamid
Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Traoré
(2 goals each)
Best player(s)Morocco Aziz Bouderbala
Best goalkeeperCameroon Joseph-Antoine Bell
1986
1990

This tournament has the least goals-per-game average in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Host selectionEdit

The original host was Zambia but after their withdrawal in December 1986 due to financial issues, the Confederation of African Football approached Algeria which agreed to host the tournament. However, in February 1987 the CAF rescinded this decision following a dispute with Algeria which protested the CAF's decision to order a replay of the first leg match of the 1978 All-Africa Games qualification against Tunisia. CAF had made this decision following Tunisia's protest that Algeria had fielded two professional players. Morocco was chosen in the end to host the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations replacing Algeria.[1][2]

Qualified teamsEdit

The 8 qualified teams are:

SquadsEdit

VenuesEdit

Casablanca
Locations of the 1988 African Cup of Nations venues
Rabat
Stade Mohamed V Stade Moulay Abdellah
Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 52,000
   

Group stageEdit

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Morocco 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
  Algeria 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
  Ivory Coast 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
  Zaire 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Morocco  1–1  Zaire
Merry   43' (pen.) Report Lutonadio   88'

Ivory Coast  1–1  Algeria
A. Traoré   48' Report Belloumi   16'

Ivory Coast  1–1  Zaire
A. Traoré   74' Report Kabongo   37'
Attendance: 45,000

Morocco  1–0  Algeria
El Haddaoui   52' Report
Attendance: 78,000

Algeria  1–0  Zaire
Ferhaoui   36' Report

Morocco  0–0  Ivory Coast
Report
Attendance: 80,000

Note: Algeria qualified by drawing of lots.[3]

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Nigeria 3 1 2 0 4 1 +3 4
  Cameroon 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
  Egypt 3 1 1 1 3 1 +2 3
  Kenya 3 0 1 2 0 6 −6 1
Cameroon  1–0  Egypt
Milla   5' Report
Attendance: 5,000

Nigeria  3–0  Kenya
Yekini   6'
Edobor   13'
Okosieme   33'
Report
Attendance: 4,000

Cameroon  1–1  Nigeria
Milla   21' Report Okwaraji   2'
Attendance: 13,000

Egypt  3–0  Kenya
Abdelhamid   2'65'
Younes   58'
Report
Attendance: 12,000

Cameroon  0–0  Kenya
Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Badou Jasseh (Gambia)

Nigeria  0–0  Egypt
Report
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Ali Bangoura (Guinea)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
23 March – Rabat
 
 
  Nigeria (p) 1 (9)
 
27 March – Casablanca
 
  Algeria 1 (8)
 
  Nigeria 0
 
23 March – Casablanca
 
  Cameroon 1
 
  Morocco 0
 
 
  Cameroon 1
 
Third place
 
 
26 March – Casablanca
 
 
  Algeria (p) 1 (4)
 
 
  Morocco 1 (3)

SemifinalsEdit

Nigeria  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Belgharbi   36' (o.g.) Report Maâtar   86'
Penalties
Eguavoen  
Adeshina  
Uwe  
Sofoluwe  
Yekini  
Okwaraji  
Nwosu  
Omokaro  
Okafor  
Rufai  
Eguavoen  
9–8   Belloumi
  Belgherbi
  Maâtar
  Yahi
  Menad
  Bouafia
  Medane
  Chaib
  Megharia
  Drid
  Belloumi
Attendance: 35,000

Morocco  0–1  Cameroon
Report Makanaky   78'

Third place matchEdit

Morocco  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Nader   67' Report Belloumi   87'
Penalties
El Gharef  
Benabicha  
Ouadani  
El Maataoui  
Timoumi  
Nader  
3–4   Yahi
  Djahmoune
  Merzekane
  Chaib
  Megharia
  Belgherbi
Attendance: 10,000

FinalEdit

Cameroon  1–0  Nigeria
Kundé   55' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 50,000

WinnersEdit

 African Cup of Nations 1988 Champions 
 
Cameroon
2nd title

ScorersEdit

CAF Team of the TournamentEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "African Nations Cup 1988". RSSSF. E. Boesenberg, K. Stokkermans & F. Mazet. May 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "African Games 1987". RSSSF. Karel Stokkermans. January 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "MOROCCO 1988". fifaworldcup.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 28 January 2015.

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