Ghana hosted and won the 1978 African Cup of Nations (the eleventh edition) after defeating Uganda 2−0 in the final. The 1978 AFCON title made it the third for the Black Stars.
- Champions: Ghana
- Runners-up: Uganda
- Third place: Nigeria
- Fourth place: Tunisia
Meanwhile, note that Tunisia walked off in the 42nd minute of the third place match with the score tied at 1–1 to protest the officiating. That was how Nigeria were awarded a 2–0 win, while Tunisia were banned from the next AFCON.
The format of the 1978 AFCON changed from that of 1976.
What happened this time was that the field of eight teams was still split into two groups of four, but the final group stage was eliminated in favour of the knockout semifinals used in competitions prior to 1976.
AFCON 1978 highest goal scorers are Ghana’s Opoku Afriyie, Nigeria’s Segun Odegbami and Uganda’s Phillip Omondi, all of them scored three goals each. The Best player Award went to Ghana’s Abdul Razak.
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Below are the teams that took part in the 1978 AFCON between the 5th to 16th of March.
Teams in the 1978 AFCON?
7. Upper Volta
Nigeria 1978 AFCON Results
|Nigeria vs Upper Volta (Groupstage)||4-2 win|
|Nigeria vs Ghana (Groupstage)||1-1 draw|
|Zambia vs Nigeria (Groupstage)||0-0 draw|
|Uganda vs Nigeria (Semi-final)||2-1 loss|
|Nigeria vs Tunisia (Third place match)||2-0 win after Tunisia abandoned the match|
AFCON 1978 Nigeria Team List
|Emmanuel Okala||Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)|
|Rufus Ejele||Bendel Insurance of Benin (Nigeria)|
|Christian Chukwu||Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)|
|Godwin Odiye||Nigeria National Bank of Lagos (Nigeria)|
|Annas Ahmed||Raccah Rovers of Kano (Nigeria)|
|Patrick Ekeji||P&T Vasco Da Gama of Enugu (Nigeria)|
|Nnamdi Anyafo||Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)|
|Kadiri Ikhana||Bendel Insurance Benin (Nigeria)|
|Ignatius Ilechukwu||Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)|
|Tunde Bamidele||Taraba United of Yola (Nigeria)|
|Muda Lawal||Shooting Stars of Ibadan (Nigeria)|
|Aloysius Atuegbu||Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)|
|Felix Owolabi||Raccah Rovers of Kano (Nigeria)|
|Segun Adeleke||NEPA Lagos (Nigeria)|
|Jide Dina||Mighty Jets of Jos (Nigeria)|
|Segun Odegbami||Shooting Stars of Ibadan (Nigeria)|
|Martins Eyo||Julius Berger of Lagos (Nigeria)|
|Godwin Iwelumo||ACB Lagos (Nigeria)|
|Adokiye Amiesimaka||ACB Lagos and UNILAG (Nigeria)|
|Baba Otu Mohammed||Raccah Rovers of Kano (Nigeria)|
|Godwin Efejukwu||Lagos Police Machine (Nigeria)|
|Christopher Ogu||Bendel Insurance of Benin (Nigeria)|
|Eugene Ohuabuwa||Spartans of Owerri (Nigeria)|
Tihomir Jelisavčić is the coach that managed the Nigeria national team at the 1978 AFCON in Ghana.