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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.

For a gallery of last night's action CLICK HERE!

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...

blackpanther187
posted: 11:45 pm
I am happy that we won but my goal was that we should stick with Keshi and his vision. At the end we won the whole thing and Keshi can continue his work.

Hope you guys now that since almost 15 we have been sacking and sacking with no patience at all...:


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mystical
posted: 11:49 pm
@blackpanther187
Then I consider you to be a confused soul! I am here with my Nigerian mates in the UK celebrating and I believe Nigerians are celebrating all over the world for this victory after waiting for 19years! you are a disgrace to be called a Nigerian for saying you are tired of a 1-0 deserved win. If you dont have anything to cheer or be happy about I'll suggest you log off your account! Mug
Sense_Of_Glamour
posted: 11:50 pm
Congrats to Nigeria!
blackpanther187
posted: 11:50 pm
We must learn from our mistakes and believe in our homebased coaches from now on!!
And also learn to stick to long term plan. I am so happy that Keshi can now stay.
blackpanther187
posted: 11:51 pm
Next Brazil 2014:

22.03.13 Nigeria vs. Kenia
mystical
posted: 11:52 pm
@blackpanther187
you are truly a confused soul. Why are you contradicting yourself. You mentioned earlier that you are tired of 1-0 victories and that you want siasia back. Now you've turned up saying we should keep keshi. You are not making sense at all
blackpanther187
posted: 11:54 pm
@mystical:

I was just joking I wanted to just once sound like the Idiots who never believed in Keshi and our future..
gator
posted: 11:56 pm
@balckpanther187...
you have often made good comments but why would you say a 1-0 win is nonsense? Did spain not win the world cup with a similar score? Don't be a hater.
Commonsense
posted: 12:00 am
I knew it. Boukina was not going to be easy but at the end, pedigree came tops. Nigeria had it in them to be the AFCON champions for 2013. UP SUPER EAGLES.

UP KESHI. We apologise to you Keshi. I never believed you.

But hey Big Boss, it was good not to believe in you for it fired you up.

CONGRATULATIONS especially to you guys who believed in Keshi. You never waivered. Good.

Congratulations to all Nigerians.
oga
posted: 12:04 am
The battle is over and the Eagles have taken the spoils. Roll the drums out people. Tonight I sheath my dagger no foes, even those pest from south africa can join the party. This victory is for all those who believed in this young squad. they defined themselves in this tournament and the Almighty God crowned their efforts tonight. Those who were eating me here yesterday, I told you I'll be back to thank Baba God. And I'm saying thinking you Jesus, think you my Lord! Keshi's adventure with this team continues...no fights tonight, Ok.
NaijaBros
posted: 12:05 am
Shola Ameobi can chop grass. He picked club over country, while he was warming the bench at Newcastle his mates Mikel and Moses were lifting the trophy. Let this be a lesson learned for other players.
Paulooma
posted: 12:08 am
Sunday Mba was born on Sunday and gave two important goals on Sundays to deliver the Cup to Naija...... Congrats to all Naija across the globe..... UP SUPER EAGLES
gator
posted: 12:08 am
on June 17 2013....Super Eagles Vs Tahiti in Brazil....in the confederations cup. Note to NFF, start planning and give keshi what he needs.
other countries are Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Uruaguay.
Congrats again Super Eagles and Coach Keshi!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:16 am
On Sunday, Sunday say uba to 19yrs drought
Anonymous
posted: 12:18 am
Keshi, you are a true legend. May almighty God bless you and your boys making up the super eagles abundantly
gator
posted: 12:21 am
So this is how it feels to be a Champion. It feels really good. Sweeter than Maggi. My Ghanaian inlaws are jubilant as well. Hopefully this is the begining of a trend!!
mystical
posted: 12:22 am
Mikels champions profile is fast becoming a long list.
Championleague winner
FA Cup winner
Premierleague winner
Leagues cup winner (formerly called carling cup)
Afcon Champions
What next?
NaijaBros
posted: 12:25 am
mystikal - next is for Mikel to be crowned African Footballer of the Year.
chy
posted: 12:30 am
Arise o compatriots! Proudly NiGERIAN
Laomedon
posted: 12:30 am
Team of the tournament has five(5) Nigerian players: Enyeama, Ambrose, Mikel, Moses and Emenike. Wonderful!
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