Nigeria lines up Ghana friendly

Flashback – A Ghana (in white) versus Nigeria match is always keenly contestedNIGERIA’S Super Eagles have lined up a friendly against Ghana in an international friendly in London on 29 March, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.

According to reports, the match will be played in English capital but a venue is yet to be named by the organizers.

The Nigeria Football Federation on Friday announced that the three time African Champions will face Bolivia in an international friendly match at the Akwa Ibom Stadium on March 26 and then face the Black Stars three days later.

The last time the senior teams of both West African giants met was back in October, 2011 and it ended in a 0-0 draw.

Nigeria want to re-organize after failing to qualify for the just ended Africa Cup of Nations finals which was won by Ivory Coast.

But a source at the GFA said,“we are still studying the offer from the Nigerian Federation and yet to take a decision on that,”

“We want to take advantage of the FIFA free date next month and get the Black Stars busy.”

The high-profile international friendly is expected to prepare both teams for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which begin in June.

The Black Stars were losing finalists and want to build on their performance ahead of the qualifiers to the 2017 tournament and the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals qualifiers.

Get the head-to-head records between traditional rivals Ghana and Nigeria at senior level.

The first real competitive match between Ghana and Nigeria took place on August 28, 1960, according to Fifa’s official website.

On that occasion, Ghana ran over Nigeria by 4 – 1 in a Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra.

The clash in 1960 was “the first-ever preliminary match south of the Sahara” according to Fifa.

In the 4 – 1 win of 1960, Edward Acquah, Edward Boateng, Aggrey Fynn and Mohamadu Salisu got Ghana’s goals while Dejo Fayemi was Nigeria’s goal scorer.

But soccer pundits say that the clash between the two biggest West African football teams dates back beyond 1960.

Records available show that the Ghana and Nigeria may have first clashed on May 28, 1950 in a friendly game in which the Red Devils of Nigeria, as they were known then, triumphed by a lone goal over Ghana.

Five years later the Nigerians suffered their biggest loss to date in the hands of their rivals when they lost 0 – 7 on October 30, 1955 in the Jalco Cup.

Nigeria’s biggest win over Ghana happened in the Kwame Nkrumah Cup on February 23, 1963 when they won 5 – 0.

Head-to-head

January 28, 2014: Ghana 0-0 Nigeria (CHAN) * Ghana win 4-1 on penalties.

October 11, 2011: Ghana 0-0 Nigeria

January 28, 2010: Ghana 1 – 0 Nigeria (Afcon)

February 3, 2008: Ghana 2 – 1 Nigeria (Afcon)

February 6, 2007: Nigeria 1 – 4 Ghana (Friendly)

January 23, 2006: Nigeria 1 – 0 Ghana (Afcon)

February 3, 2002: Nigeria 1 – 0 Ghana (Afcon)

May 30, 2003: Nigeria 3 – 1 Ghana (Friendly)

December 15, 2002: Ghana 0 – 1 Nigeria (Friendly)

February 3, 2002: Nigeria 1 – 0 Ghana (Afcon)

July 29, 2001: Nigeria 3 – 0 Ghana (WCQ)

March 11, 2001: Ghana 0 – 0 Nigeria (WCQ)

August 28, 1999: Nigeria 0 – 0 Ghana (Friendly)

March 9, 1994: Nigeria 0 – 0 Ghana (Friendly)

January 23, 1992: Nigeria 1 – 2 Ghana (Afcon)

April 13, 1991: Nigeria 0 – 0 Ghana (Afcon qualifier)

September 2, 1990: Ghana 1 – 0 Nigeria (Afcon qualifier)

February 6, 1987: Nigeria 1- 2 Ghana (Wafu Cup)

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