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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...

posted: 10:50 pm
It concludes a fine story of a Local Boy (Sunday Mba) who scored the winning goal for Nigeria at the AFCON Final. What a tale!
posted: 10:50 pm
Thank you to the REAL South Africans I saw on TV at the stadium having fun with their fellow Africans NOT the other South African MORONS who come here to express their miserable lives!! SUPER EAGLES CAME, SAW AND CONQUERED AFRICA!!!!!
posted: 10:51 pm
I hardly see Pitriopa & Bance touch the ball (haha).
posted: 10:51 pm
Thanks be to God for the Victory, even in the midst of all trials, hate by our fellow Continent. We love you all, not withstanding. We deserved this cup ...Up Super Eagles.
posted: 10:52 pm
The main focus will be keeping hold of Stephen Keshi as lucrative offers will be coming from every angle! He's my star man
posted: 10:54 pm
Now there are two coaches in Nigeria


Up SE and God bless Nigeria. CHAMPION!!!!!!!@!!!
posted: 10:55 pm
4get those ingraticious south africans,did u not see dat d real south african fans were supporting d eagles in d final. Wow..wat a day to mark in history I witness a game dat I literally had tears in my eyes
Tokyo .
posted: 10:56 pm
Congratulation, up super eagles.
posted: 10:56 pm
If I were SK I would resign after this at least to give relief to those who wanted his head! He came, He saw, He conquered!
posted: 10:57 pm
The Eagle Landed, Saw, Conquered. Never lost any match, won football giants and favorites and number one in Africa, Ivory Coast. Went further to humiliate Mali, the winners against the host nation. Nigeria today reclaimed glory by a clear and very convincing win inside a packed out stadium. This Eagle that soars soooooooo high against his opponent, can sight his prey from many million heights away. The Eagle soars alone, but celebrates with all. Therefore we invite our friends and foes to come partake in this sweeeeeeeet experience. Happy People, Long live all kick off forumites (positive and negative), Long live the SUPER EAGLES, Long live Nigeria, Long live Africa. Thank you Keshi For leading us into sweet victory as not just AFRICAN GIANTS but AFRICAN TRUE CHAMPIONS. God has blessed the Super Eagles.
posted: 11:00 pm
Nigeria finally won d cup dey cud not defend in d same south africa. And Sunday scored d goal on a Sunday...2 God b d glory.Proudly 9ja
Omo 9ja
posted: 11:01 pm
First of all, Aliamdullilah. Victory at last. Congratulations to Nigerians and Africa. Up Super Eagles of Nigeria. God bless Mr Keshi, God bless Nigeria!!!
Sekitla R4
posted: 11:04 pm
Congratulations to Kheshi and of course the eaglets that became super when no one believed in them from their country especially.

Gordon should learn from you how to go for quality players that have a pedigree of winning cups
posted: 11:05 pm
Now there are two coaches in Nigeria


Up SE and God bless Nigeria. CHAMPION!!!!!!!@!!!
Sorry to break your heart you can only be recognised amongst the elite until you become a Champion!
There can only be one reputable Indigenous coach recognised in Nigeria besides Westerhof and that is; Stephen Keshi (The Special One)
posted: 11:06 pm
Where are those silly south africans?
posted: 11:09 pm
For the first time for 21 years that a black African coach has won the cup - Ivory Coast's Yeo Martial was the last to do so in 1992. Nigeria moving at the right direction! CHAMPI3NS!!
posted: 11:12 pm
i can,t stop flowing tears of joy . God have really remembered his people today . thanks south africans that supported nigeria se . i know they will support cos i lived there before .

i said match wil eat pitroipa and bace they didn,t even find their redeeming before the big whistle ended the match . congrats super eagles once again i,m proud .to be nigerian living in london . i love u all . cheers
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 11:12 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

N I G E R I A - S U P E R - E A G L E S
Are officially the C H A M P I O N S ....2013
Thank God! ...Well done #TEAM NIGERIA
posted: 11:15 pm
Super Eagles of Nigeria are back. We are back and to show haters what we are capable of doing. Yes, we can, and we didi it. Whats a game by both team. Congrats to Keshi, and Super Eagles fans all over the world.
posted: 11:18 pm
Now watch out for our Eaglet too.
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