Nigeria V Guinea recent history


Nigeria rode on the back of the Guinean National Team to reach her first-ever African Cup of Nations finals, way back in 1963.

In the first ever clash between both nations at senior level, the Guineans had tied the first leg of the qualifying race with Nigeria 2-2 in Lagos on July 27, 1963, and then presumed they had won the fixture after edging the return 1-0 in Conakry on 0ctober 6 of the same year.

But the Confederation of African Football threw Guinea out of the race after it discovered a Guinean had been centre referee of the return leg!

Nigeria thus qualified for her first African Nations Cup finals by default.
Guinea exacted a form of revenge when the Syli Stars spanked the Nigeria team 3-0 in the Balewa Cup first leg played in Conakry on December 1, 1971. On January 30, 1972, the return leg ended 1-1 in Lagos.

The only clash between both countries at the finals of the African Cup of Nations till date came on March 9, 1976 in Addis Ababa.

It ended 1-1. But eventually, Guinea finished second and Nigeria third at the only Cup of Nations to have been played using league format.

In an Espana 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture, both teams tied 1-1 in Conakry on April 12, 1981 before a late Henry Nwosu scorcher gave Nigeria a 1-0 victory in Lagos on April 25, 1981, and a berth in the final round of the qualifying race, where the Eagles lost to Algeria.

In the race for a place at the 1990 African Cup of Nations, both countries finished 1-1 in Conakry on April 9, 1989 and the Eagles won the return leg 3-0 in Ibadan on April 22 of the same year.

In the race for a place at the France 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, the Eagles edged the Syli Nationale 2-1 at the National Stadium in Lagos on April 5, 1997 – the Guineans’ only goal scored by former superstar and now Sports Minister Aboubacar Titi Camara.

The return match in Conakry was inconsequential as the Super Eagles had already booked a place in France before the game, which Guinea won 1-0.
Guinea recorded the same 1-0 win when both teams met in the on-going race in Conakry on October 9, 2010.
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