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Ghana vs Nigeria: 11th October 2011

It’s the ultimate West African grudge match! Yes Ghana v Nigeria is almost upon us and although this time it is a ‘friendly’ match the anticipation is as always high when these two vibrant nations meet. Bragging rights between two passionate sets of fans are up for grabs on Tuesday 11th October 2011 at Watford FC and nobody will want to lose even if it is a ‘friendly’.

As pointed out by Audrey Indome in her blog article (Ghana v Nigeria what’s the beef stew!   27/06/2011). Nigeria and Ghana have a playful yet fierce rivalry and no more is this more prevalent when the Black Stars and Super Eagles meet on the pitch.

However the Ghanaian – Nigerian rivalry is bigger than football. Yes indeed just like most international rivalries these two countries have a political history which brings added spice to the rivalry.


For those who don’t know, many Nigerians began moving to Ghana when we became the first independent country in the region in 1957. The relationship became sour when the flow began to shift the demographics of the country and the people became unhappy. Thus, under former Ghanaian president Kofi Abrefa Busia’s Aliens Compliance Order of 1969 Nigerians and other immigrants were forced to leave Ghana as they made up 20 percent of Ghana’s population at the time. In 1983, Nigeria deported up to 1 million Ghanaian and other African immigrants when Ghana was facing severe drought and economic problems, and another 300,000 in early 1985 on short notice. This further strained relations between the two countries. In April 1988, a joint commission for cooperation was established between Ghana and Nigeria.

A bloodless coup in August 1985 had brought Major General Ibrahim Babangida to power in Nigeria, and Rawlings took advantage of the change of administration to pay an official visit. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues focusing on peace and prosperity within West Africa, bilateral trade, and the transition to democracy in both countries. In early January 1989, Babangida reciprocated with an official visit to Ghana, which the Provisional National Defence Council (Ghanaian government at the time) hailed as a watershed in Ghana–Nigeria relations.

Today Ghana-Nigeria political relations are quite good compared to those of the late 80’s and they are very close trade partners. However plenty of emotion is still evoked when the nations face each other in any type of competitive sport.  The fact that Ghanaians and Nigerians are two biggest sets of African ethnic groups in the UK (and mainly concentrated in London) indicates that there will be brilliant atmosphere in Watford come 11h October 2011.

Rivalries are good and can be healthy as long as the energy is channelled in the correct way. Thus this rivalry just serves as a reminder as to how passionate both Ghanaian and Nigerians are about their respective nations.

And may the best team win!.

Ben JK Anim-Antwi1

Ghana v Nigeria: 11th October 2011


Event: Ghana vs Nigeria
Date: 11th October 2011
Venue: Watford FC Football Stadium
Address: Watfod Football Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicrage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
KO:  7:45 PM
Tickets: http://www.watfordfc.com/page/MatchbyMatch/0,,10400~2388448,00.html

Leave your score predictions below.

Bare in mind that Ghana have won the last few meetings, BUT Nigeria did beat Argentina 4-1 and yes Lionel Messi was playing (imagine)

Ghana Vs Nigeria: The Best of Rivals

When Ghana and Nigeria take to the field to play Ghana  on October 11th 2011, Nigeria will be trying to end a run of successive defeats against the black stars. Often it’s hard to gage the importance of friendly games but such is the rivalry between the two nations and the fact that Nigeria have not beaten Ghana for five years! (2006 African Cup of nations where Nigeria won 1-0). So it can be argued Nigeria have a few scores to settle. The last time the two teams met was at the 2010 African cup of nations, where an Asamoah Gyan header settled the game 1-0 to Ghana.  Subsequently in the summer of that year Ghana enjoyed a successful World Cup campaign whilst Nigeria suffered an early exit at the group stages (which led to their own president banning them from playing competitive football!, this ban was later lifted after pressure from FIFA).

Prior to that Ghana have triumphed against the Super Eagles 4-1 in 2007 and 2-1 in the CAN 2008. So It is fair to say over the past five years Ghana have had the better of Nigeria and have become one of Africa’s best teams whilst Nigeria have slipped behind. Does this mean the Super Eagles will be itching to beat the Black Stars? Well Like I have said before no team will want to lose and the pride of their fans are at stake.

The result may depend on the players each team fields in the match at Watford. In Ghana last friendly England were criticised for fielding a so called “weakened “team against the Black Stars, so it will be interesting to see who plays. Naturally fans want to see the best players so let’s hope the likes of Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwinge will be in action on 09 August. Win, lose or draw I will just be satisfied with a good performance from the Black stars. However deep down a loss to Nigeria won’t sit with me too well such is my passion for Ghana and the fact we are playing our west African cousins. We need to maintain the bragging rights, so boys do us proud !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi