Rare Footage of Three Times African Player of the Year Abedi Pele Singlehandedly 'Destroying' Nigeria Emerges

Rare Footage of Three Times African Player of the Year Abedi Pele Singlehandedly 'Destroying' Nigeria Emerges

  • Ghana's Abedi Pele was the star of African football in the late 80's and the early 90's following his swashbuckling displays
  • The three-time African Player of the Year helped Ghana win the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations as a teenager
  • Abedi Pele played rivals Nigeria several times, but his outstanding display against the Super Eagles in 1992 remains one of the best individual performance

Abedi Pele's masterful display against Nigeria at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations remains one of the best individual displays by a Ghanaian player.

The three-time African Player of the Year singlehandedly tore apart a very good Nigeria team as Ghana reached the final of the tournament 30 years ago.

A footage of his performance has been spotted by Sports Brief after it was dropped on social media.

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Abedi Pele, AFCON 92, Nigeria, Ghana, Black Stars
Abedi Pele singlehandedly tore apart a very good Nigerian team at AFCON 1992. Credit: @ghanasoccernet @Africanfootballclassics
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Abedi Pele was a delight to watch at the tournament and his best game was in the semi-finals against the Super Eagles.

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The then Olympique Marseille star was a menace for the Nigeria team, as they struggled to handle him due to his enormous dribbling skills and slippery nature.

Abedi Pele scored in that game as the Black Stars reached the final of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations.

How Ghana beat Nigeria at AFCON 1992

The Super Eagles got off to a great start, with Nigeria taking the lead through Adepoju Mitiu in the eleventh minute.

Ghana were awoken by Nigeria's early goal, and in particular Abedi Pele, who grabbed the game by it's neck. The Black Stars captain levelled in the 44th minute with a flying header.

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Prince Polley scored the winner in the 54th minute as Ghana progressed to the final to play Ivory Coast. The tournament was hosted by Senegal.

SWAG President Kwabena Yeboah insists Abedi Pele never flopped in a game

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana, Kwabena Yeboah, says he has never seen legend Abedi Pele have a bad game in his career.

The three times African Footballer of the Year is widely regarded as the greatest Ghanaian footballer of all times, after winning the Nations Cup in 1982 and sending Ghana to the final in 1992.

In an interview on Starr FM with Nana Aba Anamoah, on the Starr Chat show, the Sports Highlight presenter extoled Pele and says the only player better than him was Mohammed Polo.

Source: SportsBrief.com