[VIDEOS] AFCON: Five memorable Cup of Nations matches involving Nigeria

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[VIDEOS] AFCON: Five memorable Cup of Nations matches involving Nigeria

Faruq Ibrahim Kolawole Babatunde 20:03 - 24.01.2024

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been a stage for some of the most thrilling and memorable matches in African football history, with Nigeria often at the heart of these epic encounters.

From the first triumph in 1980 to the nail-biting matches against traditional rivals, Nigeria's journey in the AFCON is a rich tapestry of passion, skill, and drama. 

We delve into five of Nigeria's most unforgettable matches in the tournament, each with a unique story of triumph, controversy, resilience, and footballing prowess.

Nigeria vs. Algeria (1980 Final)

In a triumphant match held in Lagos, Nigeria won their first-ever AFCON title with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Algeria. Segun Odegbami opened the scoring with two goals, and Mudashiru Lawal added the third, marking a historic moment for Nigerian football.

Nigeria vs. Cameroon (1988 Final)

This final was tinged with controversy due to a disallowed Nigerian goal, leading to Cameroon's victory with a tight 1-0 scoreline. The contentious decision by the referee left a lasting debate among fans and experts.

Nigeria vs. Zambia (1994 Final)

In an emotional and competitive final, Nigeria edged out Zambia 2-1 to clinch their second AFCON title. The victory was poignant, given Zambia's rebuilding after the air disaster that claimed their national team in 1993.

Nigeria vs. Ghana (2008 Quarter-Final)

This quarter-final clash was a heartbreaker for Nigeria, as they lost 2-1 to Ghana. The match was intensely fought, and despite Nigeria's efforts, Ghana's late goal ensured their progression in the tournament.

Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso (2013 Final)

Nigeria secured a narrow 1-0 win over Burkina Faso to claim their third AFCON title. The decisive goal by Sunday Mba underscored Nigeria's tactical and disciplined performance throughout the tournament.

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