Year Winners Venue 1990 Burkina Faso Bakau (Gambia) 1991 Nigeria Lagos (Nigeria)
Held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on the occasion of the 13th ECOWAS heads of state summit. The original format was two semi-finals, a final, and a third place match, with Mali being the other entrant, but it seems that Mali did not participate. Ghana was represented by its national Olympic team. 27-May-90 Gambia 0-0 Burkina Faso [3-4 pen] 28-May-90 Gambia 0-1 Ghana 30-May-90 Burkina Faso 1-0 Ghana 1.Burkina Faso 2 1 1 0 1- 0 3 2.Ghana 2 1 0 1 1- 1 2 3.Gambia 2 0 1 1 0- 1 1
Held at the National Stadium in Lagos on the occasion of the 14th ECOWAS heads of state summit. The summit itself was held at Abuja, but the football was played in Lagos due to a lack of facilities at Abuja. This was the second such football tournament, the first having being played on the occasion of the 1990 summit in Banjul. The tournament was ostensibly for senior national teams, but Ghana sent an under-23 team, while the host Nigeria fielded a home-based "Super Eagles" squad; sources differ on whether to consider the matches as part of the Nigerian national team's record. Burkina Faso reportedly sent an unspecified club team. Group stage 27-Jun-91 Nigeria 3-0 Burkina Faso [Note: Burkina Faso protested the playing of the old Upper Volta national anthem.] 27-Jun-91 Ghana 2-2 Mali 28-Jun-91 Ghana 3-2 Gambia 28-Jun-91 Mali 3-1 Burkina Faso 29-Jun-91 Ghana 1-0 Burkina Faso 29-Jun-91 Nigeria 2-0 Gambia 30-Jun-91 Gambia 0-0 Burkina Faso 30-Jun-91 Nigeria 2-0 Mali 1-Jul-91 Gambia ppd Mali 1-Jul-91 Nigeria ppd Ghana 1.NIGERIA 3 3 0 0 7- 0 6 2.GHANA 3 2 1 0 6- 4 5 3.Mali 3 1 1 1 5- 5 3 4.Gambia 3 0 1 2 2- 5 1 5.Burkina Faso 4 0 1 3 1- 7 1 The original format was that the top two teams would play a final and there would also be a third place playoff match. However, heavy rain and flooding in Lagos forced the postponement of the last round of fixtures for two days, so the organizers decided to proceed directly to the final and playoff with (coincidentally) the same pairings as the last two group fixtures. Third place match 3-Jul-91 Gambia 2-1 Mali Final 3-Jul-91 Nigeria 0-0 Ghana In the 80th minute of the final, an announcement was made that the organizers had now changed their previous decision, and that if the match remained a draw then there would be no extra time or penalties, but the results of these last two matches would instead revert to count as group stage results. Ghana protested and there was substantial dissent among spectators. Gambia, who had already been given the bronze medals, was now placed 4th in the table; the organizers belatedly realized their error and asked the Gambians to give the medals to Mali but this request reportedly "fell on deaf ears." Final table: 1.Nigeria 4 3 1 0 7- 0 7 2.Ghana 4 2 2 0 6- 4 6 3.Mali 4 1 1 2 6- 7 3 4.Gambia 4 1 1 2 4- 6 3 5.Burkina Faso 4 0 1 3 1- 7 1
Sources included: "Daily Times" (Lagos), "New Nigerian" (Kaduna), "People's Daily Graphic" (Accra), "Ghanaian Times" (Accra), "Chukastats I: History, Records, and Statistics of Nigerian Football" (Chuka Onwumechili).
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