Ghana last played Nigeria at the Kumasi Baba Yara sports stadium 31 years and six months ago.
CAF approved the Baba Yara sports stadium to host the first leg of the playoff between Ghana and Nigeria earlier this week, reigniting the rivalry between the two countries.
Although Ghana played Nigeria on a few occasions between 1990 and 2022, the games were usually held at a neutral location or the Accra Sports Stadium. Ghana has a clear lead against the Super Eagles, having defeated them in the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the 2008 and 2010 editions.
Nigeria has had its times in between, most notably during the 2006 African Football Confederation (AFCON) in Egypt.
With such a big game coming back to Kumasi, we decided to revisit the last meeting at the Baba Yara stadium.
Abedi Pele, the three-time African Footballer of the Year, and former coach Kwesi Appiah were among the Ghanaian players in a lineup that included some of the continent’s best players.
Ghana defeated Nigeria 1-0 at Baba Yara Stadium in September 1990, the last time the two African powers played. The Black Stars defeated their sworn foes with Saara Mensah’s game-winning goal.
The full squad that day included:
Edward Ansah, Robert Eshun, Joe Addo, Michael Osei, Coach Burkhard Ziese, Emmanuel Ampeah, Joe Debrah, Skipper Kwasi Appiah, Kofi Abbrey, Abukari Damba,Frank Amankwah, Frimpong Manso, Emmanuel Armah, Abedi Pele, Sara-Mensah, Stanley Aborah, Sam Johnson.
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