Nigeria complete 100 AFCON games, join these 3 teams

Nigeria complete 100 AFCON games, join these 3 teams
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria are about to hit a historical milestone at AFCON 2023 as they hit 100 AFCON games when they take on Guinea Bissau in their last group game.

Nigeria – the three-time African champions must beat the Djurtus to finish top of Group A if things go their way in the Ivory Coast vs Equatorial Guinea match.

Nigeria has a rich history in Africa, especially AFCON, where they rank behind Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana as the teams to have won the tournament the most.

Not many countries have reached 100 AFCON games, and the Super Eagles of Nigeria are about to join that elite league on Monday.

In this piece, we give you the countries that have reached 100 AFCON games and those who follow behind.

Nigeria’s 100 AFCON games and other milestones

Nigeria in 100 AFCON games against Guinea Bissau
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The Super Eagles have come a long way in African and world football. Monday will be memorable for the African giants as they hit 100 AFCON games.

It would be nice for the Super Eagles to celebrate the milestone with a win and top Group A and perhaps advance as leaders.

Nigeria played its first AFCON game in 1963 against Egypt. They finished bottom of the group after losing 6-3 to the Pharaohs and 4-0 to Sudan.

Their first milestone was in the 10-game mark in a 1-1 draw with Ghana in 1978. Their 25th game did not come until 1984 in the semi-finals against Egypt. Nigeria drew the game 2-2, with Stephen Keshi and Ali Bala scoring. The Green Eagles won 8-7 on penalties.

En route to their 100 AFCON games, Nigeria beat Senegal in their 50th game in AFCON 2000, co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

The Super Eagles came from behind in that quarter-final tie after Khalilou Fadiga had given the Lions of Teranga the lead in the seventh minute. Julius Aghahowa scored a brace to see Nigeria through to the semi-finals.

The Super Eagles have won two of their major milestones, and their fans would expect nothing less in the encounter against Guinea-Bissau.

The Super Eagles are also in line to score their 140th AFCON goal. They presently have 139 goals.

Other countries with 100 AFCON games

Egypt and Ghana already have more than 100 AFCON games
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The Pharaohs of Egypt were the first country to hit 100 AFCON games. They achieved the feat in 2019. They have played 109 games, with their 110th coming against Cape Verde on Monday.

Ghana and Ivory Coast are the other countries to have also reached 100 AFCON games. Ghana achieved the feat in 2021, while Ivory Coast reached the mark in the ongoing tournament. The Elephants beat Guinea Bissau to attain 100 AFCON games.

Top 10 teams with the most AFCON matches

# Countries Pld W D L GF GA
1 EGYPT 109 60 22 27 172 94
2 GHANA 104 54 21 28 136 91
3 IVORY COAST 101 45 29 27 146 104
4 NIGERIA 99 54 23 22 139 92
5 CAMEROON 93 45 31 17 139 86
6 TUNISIA 82 25 30 27 100 96
7 ALGERIA 79 28 24 27 97 92
8 MOROCCO 71 28 24 19 85 63
9 SENEGAL 69 29 17 23 84 57
10 ZAMBIA 67 27 18 22 82 67

 

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.