South Africa’s Match is Nigeria’s 100th  Afcon Qualifier

South Africa’s Match is Nigeria’s 100th Afcon Qualifier

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

 

If the five annulled Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches involving Nigeria are excluded, the Saturday fixture with the Bafana Bafana will be Nigeria’s 100th qualifying match in the history of the competition, Sports Village Square can assert.

The figure could have been higher as the encounter with Chad on June 13, 2015 in Kaduna could have been the milestone 100th Africa Cup of Nations match involving Nigeria, but CAF technically annulled the match owing to later withdrawal of Chad from the competition.

The same principle is therefore applied to other matches which results were later annulled by CAF. These were the qualifying matches Nigeria played in the quest for 2000 Africa Cup of Nations that was originally slated for Zimbabwe.

Sports Village Square recalls that before the revocation of the hosting rights that were later jointly given to Nigeria and Ghana, the Super Eagles had played away matches with Burkina Faso and Senegal as well as a home game against Burundi in Abeokuta.

The results were cancelled just like the 1961 away qualifying match with Tunisia. The later match was awarded to Tunisia on account of Nigeria’s walkout for poor officiating. Score line at the time stood at 2-2 with Nigeria leading 4-3 on aggregate.

 

Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying Matches

 

1962, Africa Cup of Nations, Ethiopia

  1. April 8, 1961, Lagos: Nigeria 0-0 Ghana
  2. April 30, 1961, Accra: Ghana 2-2 Nigeria [Nigeria won on lots*]
  3. November 25, 1951, Lagos: Nigeria 2-1 Tunisia
  • December 10, 1961, Tunis: Tunisia 2-2 Nigeria (Match annulled, awarded to Tunisia)

 

1963 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana

  1. July 27, 1963, Lagos: Nigeria 2-2 Guinea
  2. October 6, 1963, Conakry: Guinea 1-0 Nigeria * Guinea disqualified, Nigeria qualified

 

1965 Africa Cup of Nations, Tunisia

Nigeria withdrew from prelims

 

1968 Africa Cup of Nations, Ethiopia

  1. March 12, 1967, Lagos: Nigeria 0-0 Cote d’Ivoire
  2. April 2, 1967, Lomé: Togo 1-0 Nigeria
  3. April 15, 1967, Lagos: Nigeria 4-2 Togo
  4. May 7, 1967, Abidjan: Cote d’Ivoire 2-0 Nigeria

 

1970 Africa Cup of Nations, Sudan

Niger          w/o Nigeria

 

1972 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon

  1. November 8, 1970, Ibadan: Nigeria 0-0 Congo
  2. November, 22, 1970, Brazzaville: Congo 2-1 Nigeria

 

1974 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt

  1. September 16, 1973, Khartoum: Sudan 1-1 Nigeria
  2. September 30, 1973, Lagos: Nigeria 2-1 Sudan
  3. October 28, 1973, Lusaka: Zambia 5-1 Nigeria
  4. November 11, 1973, Lagos: Nigeria 3-2 Zambia [Zambia qualify]

 

1976 Africa Cup of Nations, Ethiopia

  1. October 26, 1975, Brazzaville: Congo 0-1 Nigeria
  2. November 9, 1975, Lagos: Nigeria 2-1 Congo [Nigeria qualify]

 

1978 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana

  1. June 12, 1977, Dakar: Senegal 3-1 Nigeria
  2. June 25, 1977, Lagos: Nigeria 3-0 Senegal [Nigeria qualify]

 

1980 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria

 *Automatic as hosts

 

  • Africa Cup of Nations, Libya

*Automatic as defending champions

 

1984 Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire

  1. April 9, 1983, Lagos: Nigeria 2-0 Angola
  2. April 24, 1983, Luanda: Angola 1-0 Nigeria
  3. August 14, 1983, Benin: Nigeria 0-0 Morocco
  4. August 28, 1983, Rabat: Morocco 0-0 Nigeria [Nigeria qualify 4-3 on pen.]

 

1986 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt

  1. August 10, 1985, Lagos: Nigeria 0-0 Zambia
  2. August 18, 1985, Lusaka: Zambia 1-0 Nigeria [Zambia qualify]

 

1988 Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco

  1. March 28, 1987, Ibadan: Nigeria 2-0 Togo
  2. April 2, 1987, Lomé: Togo 1-1 Nigeria
  3. July 4, 1987, Ibadan: Nigeria 3-0 Sierra Leone
  4. July 18, 1987, Freetown: Sierra Leone 2-0 Nigeria [Nigeria qualify]

 

1990 Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria

  1. April 9, 1989, Conakry: Guinea 1-1 Nigeria
  2. April 22, 1989, Ibadan: Nigeria 3-0 Guinea
  3. July 15, 1989, Ibadan: Nigeria 3-0 Zimbabwe
  4. July 29, 1989, Harare: Zimbabwe 1-1 Nigeria [Nigeria qualify]

 

1992 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal

  1. August 19, 1990, Lagos: Nigeria 3-0 Togo
  2. September 1, 1990, Accra: Ghana 1-0 Nigeria
  3. September 30, 1990, Cotonou: Benin 0-1    Nigeria
  4. January 13, 1991, Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso 1-1 Nigeria
  5. January 27, 1991, Lomé: Togo 0-0 Nigeria
  6. April 13, 1991, Lagos: Nigeria 0-0 Ghana
  7. April 27, 1991, Lagos: Nigeria 3-0 Benin
  8. July 27, 1991, Lagos: Nigeria 7-1 Burkina Faso

 

1994 Africa Cup of Nations, Tunisia

  1. August 16, 1992, Khartoum: Sudan 0-0 Nigeria
  2. August 29, 1992, Lagos: Nigeria 2-0 Uganda
  3. April 11, 1993, Addis Ababa: Ethiopia 1-0 Nigeria
  4. April 24, 1993, Lagos: Nigeria 4-0 Sudan
  5. July 17, 1993, Kampala: Uganda 0-0 Nigeria
  6. July 24, 1993, Lagos: Nigeria 6-0 Ethiopia
  • October 4, 1998,  Ouagadougou: Burkina Faso   0-0 Nigeria  [annulled]
  • January 23, 1999, Abeokuta:        Nigeria  2-0 Burundi                 [annulled]
  • February 28, 1999, Dakar Senegal        1-1 Nigeria                 [annulled)

 

  • Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa

*Automatic as defending champions, but withdrew

 

1998 Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso

*Banned

 

 

2002 Africa Cup of Nations, Mali

  1. September 2, 2000, Lagos: Nigeria 4-0 Namibia
  2. October 7, 2000 Antananarivo: Madagascar 0-0 Nigeria
  3. January 13, 2001, Lagos: Nigeria 1-0 Zambia
  4. March 24, 2001, Chingola: Zambia 1-1 Nigeria
  5. June 2, 2001, Benin: Nigeria 1-0 Madagascar
  6. June 16, 2001, Windhoek: Namibia 0-2 Nigeria

 

2004 Africa Cup of Nations, Tunisia

  1. September 8, 2002, Luanda: Angola 0-0 Nigeria
  2. March 29, 2003, Blantyre: Malawi 0-1 Nigeria
  3. June 7, 2003, Abuja: Nigeria 4-1 Malawi
  4. June 21, 2003 Benin: Nigeria 2-2 Angola

 

2006 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt

  1. June 5, 2004, Abuja: Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda
  2. June 20, 2004, Luanda: Angola 1-0 Nigeria
  3. July 3, 2004, Abuja: Nigeria 1-0 Algeria
  4. September 5, 2004, Harare: Zimbabwe 0-3 Nigeria
  5. October 9, 2004 Libreville: Gabon 1-1 Nigeria
  6. March 26, 2005, Port Harcourt: Nigeria 2-0 Gabon
  7. June 5, 2005, Kigali: Rwanda 1-1 Nigeria
  8. June 18, 2005 Kano: Nigeria 1-1 Angola
  9. September 4, 2005, Oran: Algeria 2-5 Nigeria
  10. October 8, 2005, Lagos: Nigeria 5-1 Zimbabwe

 

2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana

  1. September 6, 2006, Abuja: Nigeria 2-0 Niger
  2. October 8, 2006, Maseru: Lesotho 0-1 Nigeria
  3. March 24, 2007, Abeokuta: Nigeria 1-0 Uganda
  4. June 2, 2007, Kampala: Uganda 2-1 Nigeria
  5. June 17, 2007, Niamey: Niger 1-3 Nigeria
  6. September 8, 2007, Warri: Nigeria 2-0 Lesotho

 

2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola

  1. June 1, 2008, Abuja: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa
  2. June 7, 2008, Freetown: Sierra Leone 0-1 Nigeria
  3. June 15, 2008, Malabo: Equat. Guinea 0-1 Nigeria
  4. June 21, 2008, Abuja: Nigeria 2-0 Equat. Guinea
  5. September 6, 2008, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 0-1 Nigeria
  6. October 11, 2008, Abuja: Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone

 

2012 Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea/Gabon

  1. September 5, 2010, Calabar: Nigeria 2–0 Madagascar
  2. October 10, 2010, Conakry: Guinea 1–0 Nigeria
  3. March 27, 2011, Abuja: Nigeria   4–0 Ethiopia
  4. June 5, 2011, Addis Ababa: Ethiopia 2–2 Nigeria
  5. September 4, 2011, Antananarivo: Madagascar 0–2 Nigeria
  6. October 8, 2011, Abuja: Nigeria 2–2 Guinea

 

2013 Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa

  1. February 29, 2012, Kigali: Rwanda 0-0  Nigeria
  2. June 16, 2012, Calabar: Nigeria 2-0 Rwanda
  3. September 8, 2012. Monrovia: Liberia 2-2 Nigeria
  4. October 13, 2012, Calabar: Nigeria 6-1 Liberia

 

2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon

  1. September 6, 2014, Calabar: Nigeria 2-3 Congo-Brazzaville
  2. September 10, 2014, Cape Town: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria
  3. October 11, 2014, Khartoum: Sudan 1-0 Nigeria
  4. October 15, 2014, Abuja: Nigeria 3-1 Sudan
  5. November 15, 2014. Pointe-Noire: Congo-Brazzaville 0-2 Nigeria
  6. November 19, 2014, Uyo: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

 

2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea

  • June 13, 2015, Kaduna: Nigeria 2-0 Chad (annulled)
  1. September 5, 2015, Dar es Salaam: Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria
  2. March 25, 2016, Kaduna: Nigeria 1-1 Egypt
  3. March 29, 2016, Alexandria: Egypt 1-0 Nigeria
  4. September 3, 2016, Uyo: Nigeria 1-0 Tanzania

 

2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon

  1. June 10, 2017, Uyo: Nigeria vs South Africa

 

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