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Too Close To Call: Nigeria Just Ahead Of Guinea In Past Meetings

The home-based Super Eagles will take on Guinea in their final group game at the Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda, and need at least a draw to progress to the quarter-final.

Ahead of Tuesday's clash, Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at past encounters between both teams…

-NIGERIA 4-1 GUINEA (NKRUMAH CUP/1960)
Nigeria's first ever meeting with Guinea in football was at the Kwame Nkrumah Cup in 1960.
The Nigerian team emerged victorious after thrashing their Guinean counterparts 4-1.

-GUINEA 3-0 NIGERIA (1971, INT'L FRIENDLY MATCH)
Both countries crossed paths again 11 years later in Conakry in an international friendly. This time, Guinea got their pound of flesh with a 3-0 win.

-NIGERIA 1-1 GUINEA (1972, INT'L FRIENDLY MATCH)
The following year, Nigeria and Guinea met in another friendly game and this time, the game was held in Nigeria. At the end of 90 minutes, both countries settled for a 1-1 draw.

-NIGERIA 2-0 GUINEA (1973, ALL AFRICA GAMES FOOTBALL FINAL)
For the first time, Nigeria hosted the All Africa Games in 1973 in Lagos. In the football event, Nigeria won the gold medal after defeating Guinea 2-0 in the final.


-GUINEA 1-1 NIGERIA (1976 AFCON,FINAL ROUND)
After progressing from the first round, in a group that had Morocco, Sudan and Zaire at the 1976 Cup of Nations, Nigeria faced Egypt, Morocco and Guinea in the final round to determine the winner of the tournament.


Nigeria kicked off the second round with a clash against Guinea. They were cruising to a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by the late Muda Lawal, in the 55th minute. But with two minutes remaining, Papa Camara snatched a late equaliser to end the game 1-1.
Nigeria eventually finished third behind winners Morocco while Guinea finished second. Egypt came last after losing all their games.


-GUINEA 1-1 NIGERIA (1982 W/CUP QUALIFIER, 1ST LEG)
Nigeria and Guinea were drawn against each other in the third round of the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier. The first leg took place in Conakry and Nigeria forced Guinea to a 1-1 draw.


-NIGERIA 1-0 GUINEA (1982 W/CUP QUALIFIER, 2ND LEG)
In the second leg, Nigeria pipped Guinea 1-0 and progressed into the final round of the qualifiers. Unfortunately, they lost out 4-1 on aggregate to Algeria.


-GUINEA 1-1 NIGERIA (1990 AFCON QUALIFIER, 1ST LEG)
Nigeria and Guinea resumed hostilities in the first round of the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The first leg in Conakry saw Nigeria hold Guinea to a 1-1 draw.


-NIGERIA 3-0 GUINEA (1990 AFCON QUALIFIER, 2ND LEG)
In the reverse fixture, Nigeria thrashed Guinea 3-0 to progress into the second and final round. They saw off Zimbabwe 4-1 at this stage and qualified for the 1990 AFCON in Algeria.


-NIGERIA 2-1 GUINEA (1998 W/CUP QUALIFIER, 1ST LEG)
Nigeria was grouped with Guinea, Burkina Faso and Kenya in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. After two rounds of matches, Guinea topped the group on six points, while Nigeria had four points.
Both teams met in Lagos for their first meeting in the group, and two goals from Daniel Amokachi, gave Nigeria a 2-1 win.

-GUINEA 1-0 NIGERIA (1998 W/CUP QUALIFIER, 2ND LEG)
Nigeria's last group game against Guinea in Conakry was a mere formality as the country had already qualified for the 1998 World Cup. Guinea still went on to win the game 1-0, to finish second in the group.


-GUINEA 1-0 NIGERIA (2012 AFCON QUALIFIER, 1ST LEG)
The race for places for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon saw Nigeria draw Guinea, Madagascar and Ethiopia in one of the groups.
Nigeria opened the qualifying campaign with a 2-0 home win against Madagascar. But in their second game, they lost 1-0 to Guinea.


-NIGERIA 2-2 GUINEA (2012 AFCON QUALIFIER, 2ND LEG)
Nigeria needed to beat Guinea who had already qualified in their last group game to finish as one of the second best placed teams.
Unfortunate, Nigeria conceded a very late goal to draw the game 2-2 and miss out of qualification for the 2012 AFCON.

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