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Match report: Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 10 February 2013 Time: 22:25

Sunday Mba scored on Sunday night to hand Nigeria a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations Final.

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It is 19 years since Nigeria took the title – and Stephen Keshi becomes only the second man to win the trophy as player and coach (the other being the late Egypt legend Mahmoud El Gohary).

Burkina Faso played a hard-fought game, but were ultimately outclassed by the Super Eagles, who sealed the win with a Nigeria-based youngster in Mba, supporting Keshi’s philosophy of getting rid of the ‘egos’ in the national team set-up.

The match started as a scrappy affair, although Nigeria settled soonest.

Brown Ideye was the first to have a go when he shot over an empty goal, after Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite could not hold onto an easy catch after a corner.

Aristide Bance, who made an impression in the semi-final, had a couple of chances soon after, sending a long-range effort over the bar, and then hitting a free-kick from 20 metres just wide.

Nigeria broke the deadlock on 40 minutes, and credit must go to the Super Eagles for persisting in the box. The referee waved play on after a foul outside the area, and Victor Moses could have got a penalty but stayed on his feet to send the ball to Ikechukwu Uche in the box. The ball then broke to Mba, who flicked it up over a defender and, before it hit the ground, sent a fizzing volley into the net.

The Stallions almost came straight back into it, when Jonathan Pitroipa went down in the area after a challenge from Kenneth Omeruo. The referee did not consider it a penalty, and rightly so. Shortly after that Bance hit yet another long-range shot over the bar.

Just before half-time Mba, high on confidence after his goal, shot well over with a long-range effort from outside the box.

Just after the restart Nigeria could have doubled their advantage when Moses lost his marker and played the ball to Ideye, but his shot from a tight angle was just tipped wide by Diakite at the far post.

A few minutes later Moses found himself in a one-on-one situation approaching the keeper, but took too long to have a shot, allowing the defence to catch up with him, and the opportunity was lost.

On the half-hour mark Nigeria went on a speedy counter-attack, culminating in Moses finding substitute Ahmed Musa in the box, but the striker fell over with a goal in his sights.

Burkina Faso then went on a counter attack of their own, with Prejuce Nakoulma playing in substitute Wilfried Sanou, who hit a great shot towards the far post, but Vincent Enyeama made a fantastic finger-tip save to keep Nigeria in the lead.

Nigeria then had two chances in close succession: Moses was denied by Diakite from close range, before Ideye failed to get on the end of a ball across goal.

But Nigeria held onto their lead nonetheless, and went on to lift the trophy for their third Nations Cup victory.


Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:26 pm
Thank God that I am a Nigerian.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
posted: 10:28 pm
Sweet Victory by a a great nation. The true giant of Africa. I am done . Let the celebrations begin.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
posted: 10:28 pm
In Keshi We Trust! Yoh've proved so many wrong. I hope u get the respect u deserve. KESHI = LEGEND
twentyone guns
posted: 10:28 pm
Congratulations keshi,who jah bless noo one curse...

Game one four seven where una dey
posted: 10:31 pm

Congrats Super Eagles, Congrats Keshi, big ups Nigeria!!!!!!
posted: 10:32 pm
posted: 10:36 pm
I gives all glory to almighty God,the i am that i am,now my people,majority of South African are great people,let us ignore the useless one among them that are talking trash on here.I see so many Bafana bafana waving NigeriA flags.
posted: 10:36 pm
we are going to brazil! we are going to rio! Bring on the confederations cup! we are the champions!;)
posted: 10:38 pm
Drugs for free at Hillbrow!!
Paddy Moore
posted: 10:39 pm
Oshe - e Oshe Oo Oshe Oshe Baa baa. What a feat! God as usual smiled on us again. We bless and give him all the glory. Long live Africa! Long live Nigeria! Long live Super Eagles!
posted: 10:40 pm
I was not a Keshi Supporter but he should be given every chance to build his team to prepare for the world cup.
After the confederation cup in June, he can fine tune his team and get ready for world cup
posted: 10:44 pm
Thanks Kheshi. U made my day when u questioned the highly emphasized importance of having so-called European coaches. U r the Proudly African coach ever couched. Keep it up for in Nigerian team u so nitured we have it all. Goodluck in ur Confed Cup representation for Africans in Brazil 2014. We love uuuu
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:45 pm
Congrats NAIJA!!!

I guess now we can fully agree with you that SA only only won it in 1996 because you never participated in that edition of the Afcon.

Thank you once again to Keshi for proving that getting rid of dead wood players like Odemwingie, Martins and etc was a smart move. I hope Igasende will have a cup of coffee with you for next five weeks so you can show him how to assemble a winning team over a period of five weeks made up mostly of new and fresh young blood that consists of likes of AJ15, George Maluleka, Mathoho and etc. Of course, very minimal if not NO Zebras at all.

Now then, where is that skeez named Odemwingie with his Tweets? Hahahaha
posted: 10:45 pm
congrats 2 da super eagles of nigeria,i never thought they can reach the final let alone winning it.but it proves that being coached by some1 who knws the culture n has a passion 4 da country is a key 2 achieve thns
posted: 10:46 pm
This is the year of upsets: two minows made to the finals obviuosly one of them won it. Victor Moses your story is touching, boy.We can adopt you.
Anty Trott & Makhanya
posted: 10:46 pm
posted: 10:46 pm
Thank you God
posted: 10:49 pm
This is for Stephen Keshi. Take a bow! U can actually stake a claim for best African coach. Togolese FA ll easily agree. Well done NFF!!
Heavy Bee
posted: 10:49 pm
Ya-ah Nigerians you sweated for that victory Bukina faso did not gave you that cup on a silver plate.Congradulation you are the champs
posted: 10:49 pm
I am waithing for this 19 years.Congratulations boys,Keshi and all Super Eagles suppoters.Thank you Jesus Krist for this.God Bless Supdr Eagles!
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