Facts to note as Nigeria draw Ghana in World Cup play-off

Facts to note as Nigeria draw Ghana in World Cup play-off
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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off which pitches Nigeria against Ghana has re-ignited a latent football rivalry.

It is a rivalry that dates back to 1951 when both countries first met. 

As usual, www.sportsvillagesquare.com takes an insightful look at the match-up and comes out with the following points of interest.

  • Nigeria have met Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers more than they have met any other country. The two-legged encounters coming up in match would be ninth and 10 times they will be paired.
  • Nigeria’s first ever World Cup qualifier was against Ghana on 28 August 1960. Nigeria lost the match 4-1 in Accra.
  • Dejo Fayemi, is the first scorer for Nigeria in World Cup qualifiers. His goal was in the 4-1 loss to Ghana in August 1960.
  • Ghana is the first country to beat Nigeria at home in a World Cup qualifier. That was on 10 February 1973 when Nigeria lost an inconclusive duel 3-2 and was later awarded 2-0 against Nigeria.

Both team are level on the number of head-to-head clash at the World Cup qualifiers. They met eight times and the statistics are surprisingly the same.

  Nigeria-Ghana Head-to-Head

P        W        D        L        F        A

Nigeria     8        2        4         2          11       11

Ghana      8         2        4        2           11       11

  • 28 Aug. 1960 (WCq) Ghana 4-1    Nigeria
  • 10 Sept. 1960 (WCq) Nigeria 2 -2 Ghana
  • 10 May 1969 (WCq) Nigeria 2-1 Ghana
  • 18 May 1969 (WCq) Ghana 1-1 Nigeria
  • 10 Feb. 1973 (WCq) Nigeria 2-3 Ghana *Awarded 2- 0 to Ghana
  • 25 Feb. 1973 (WCq) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
  • 11 Mar. 2001(WCq) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
  • 29 Jul.2001 (WCq)   Nigeria 3-0 Ghana
  • Nigeria have played more matches with Ghana more than with any other country. The pendulum however skewed in favour of Ghana.
  • They have had to meet at the World Cup qualifying series for the 1970, 1974 and 2002 editions.

Nigeria-Ghana Head-to-Head

P        W        D        L        F        A

Ghana   57      19        19       16       87       62

Nigeria  57      16        19       22       62       87

  • 20 Oct.1951 (JalcoCup) Nigeria 5-0 Ghana
  • 11 Oct.1953 (JalcoCup) Ghana 1-0 Nigeria
  • 30 Oct.1954 (JalcoCup) Nigeria 3-0 Ghana
  • 30 Oct.1955 (JalcoCup) Ghana 7-0 Nigeria
  • 27Oct.1956 (JalcoCup) Nigeria 3-0 Ghana
  • 27 Oct.1957 (JalcoCup) Ghana 3 -3 Nigeria
  • 25 Oct.1958 (JalcoCup) Nigeria 3-2 Ghana
  • 10 Oct. 1959 (OQ.) Nigeria 3 -1   Ghana
  • 26 Oct. 1959 (OQ.) Ghana 4-1   Nigeria
  • 22 Nov.1959 (JalcoCup) Ghana 5 -2 Nigeria
  • 28 Aug. 1960 (WCq) Ghana 4-1    Nigeria
  • 10 Sept. 1960 (WCq) Nigeria 2 -2 Ghana
  • 9Oct.1960 (Nkrumah Cup) Nigeria 0-3 Ghana
  • 29 Oct.1960 (Zik Cup) Nigeria 1-1 Ghana
  • 8 April. 1961 (ACNq) Nigeria 0 -0 Ghana
  • 30 Apr. 1961 (ACNq) Ghana 2-2 Nigeria
  • 17 Dec. 1961 (F) Ghana 5 -1 Nigeria
  • 10 Nov.1962 (F) Nigeria 0 -0 Ghana
  • 23 Feb.1963 (Nkrumah Cup) Ghana 5-0 Nigeria
  • 30 Oct.1965 (Zik Cup) Nigeria 0-4 Ghana
  • 7 Nov.1965 (Zik Cup) Ghana 3-0 Nigeria
  • 28 Jan.1967 (Zik Cup) Nigeria 2-2 Ghana
  • 12 Feb.1967 (Zik Cup) Ghana 2-0 Nigeria
  • 22 Oct.1967 (Zik Cup)  Ghana 2-1 Nigeria
  • 23 Dec1967 (Zik Cup) Nigeria 2 -2 Ghana
  • 10 May 1969 (WCq) Nigeria 2-1 Ghana
  • 18 May 1969 (WCq) Ghana 1-1 Nigeria
  • 8 Jan.1973 (2AAG.) Nigeria 4-2 Ghana
  • 10 Feb. 1973 (WCq) Nigeria 2-3 Ghana *Awarded 2- 0 to Ghana
  • 25 Feb. 1973 (WCq) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
  • 11 Aug. 1974 (Festival) Nigeria 1-1 Ghana
  • 17 Aug. 1974 (Festival) Nigeria 0-1 Ghana
  • 24 Aug1975 (Festival) Ghana 1-2 Nigeria
  • 30 Aug.1975 (Festival) Ghana 3-0 Nigeria
  • 4 Sept.1977 (Ecowas) Nigeria 2-1 Ghana
  • 8 Mar. 1978 (ACN)    Ghana 1-1 Nigeria
  • 21 July 1978 (3AAG) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
  • 1 May1983 (ECA.anniv) Ghana1-0 Nigeria
  • 15 Oct. 1983 (OQ.)   Nigeria 0 -0 Ghana
  • 30 Oct. 1983 (OQ.)    Ghana 1-2 Nigeria
  • 5 March 1984(ACN) Ghana 1-2 Nigeria
  • 27 Jul. 1986 (F)  Ghana 2 -0 Nigeria
  • 2 Sept.1990 (ACNq)   Ghana 1-0 Nigeria
  • 13 April 1991 (ACNq) Nigeria 0-0 Ghana
  • 23 Jan. 1992 (ACN)    Ghana 2-1 Nigeria
  • 9 March 1994 (F)   Nigeria 0-0 Ghana
  • 28 Aug. 1999 (F)   Nigeria 0-0 Ghana
  • 11 Mar. 2001(WCq) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria
  • 29 Jul.2001 (WCq)   Nigeria 3-0 Ghana
  • 3 Feb. 2002 (ACN)   Ghana 0-1 Nigeria
  • 15 Dec. 2002 (F)   Ghana 0-1 Nigeria
  • 30 May 2003 (LG Cup) Nigeria 3-1 Ghana
  • 23 Jan. 2006 (ACN)    Ghana 0-1 Nigeria
  • 6 Feb 2007 (F)  Ghana 4-1 Nigeria
  • 3 Feb 2008 (ACN) Ghana 2-1 Nigeria
  • 28 Jan. 2010 (ACN) Ghana 1-0 Nigeria
  • 11 Oct. 2011 (F) Ghana 0-0 Nigeria

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