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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: 05:35 am
Now playing..... 2face_power_of_naija.
Repeat mode
posted: 06:03 am
Sunday Mba scoring his 2 goals on d 2 sundays of d tournament. Wearing jersey no 19 and winning d game 4 us after 19 years. What a gifted guy!!!
posted: 06:24 am
Well done Nigeria,you always were the champions.Well now you have proved yourself correct your argument that if in 1996 you were there,you were going to defend what was yours,unfortunately,football gurus allowed politicians to interfere with our beutiful game.You dominated frm the start up to the end and the score sheet does not reflect what actually happened.Up the SE.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 06:43 am
Congrats, Boko Haram and MEND, not forgetting the independent state of Biafra! Kheshi did well by getting rid of egos, and selected people who wanted to play. I don't see anybody stopping nigeria in the next twotwo afcons. Their team is young and if they keep Kheshi, who obviously doesn't employ the pay to play policy, they are bound to do well even in Russia 18, remember the likes of Mba will be 25 by then, moses 27, etc.
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 06:56 am
Its time SA took a leaf out of Nigerias book. Retire the tried, tired, tested, failed players like Cowmalo, Tshabalala, yeye, mphela, etc. In fact all players with over 20 caps for bafana should go except khune.
posted: 07:12 am
This afcon thing is over now,back to the real thing Psl soccer.Back to calling FNB stadium by its real name not this National stadium nonsense.Back to blogging with South Africans not the Druglords.Back to whalloping Chimpanzees atLoftus like we did the last time.
Nigeria won this cup because there was no stronger teams this year ,the final was boring hence Egypt was always winning.Now Nigerians back to your burrows in Lagos and Abuja .Let the Psl games restart.The 8th best league in the world and thats a fact.
posted: 07:24 am
What a disappointing end. I blame Ivory Coast for all this mess. Nigeria is the most hated nation on the African continent and probably on the whole world because of the bad criminal behavior of their people. Everybody I knew wanted these animals to lose. Even Caf tried its best and I don't blame them. Nobody wants to see bad people doing well in life. Anyway life goes on. At least there were less drugs peddled in the streets of Hillbrow, Sunnyside and Sea Point as these animals either went to watch the game live or on television.
posted: 07:42 am
Nigeria is a blessed country with blessed people. Thank God have finally remind us who we're in football.... congrats to se of 9ja, congrats to Mr SK. Long live 9ja long live SE long live SE supporters all over the wold.
posted: 07:43 am
The final was boring I miss Egypt.....
posted: 07:49 am
Those animals must not forget to go home the afcon is over,Lagos is waiting for them ,they must not forget their drugs
posted: 07:59 am
I still don't know, why some good for nothing rapists call us drug addicts? How many people do drugs in Nigeria? Less than 1% of the population of 160million. These rapists should get their facts right before making derogatory comments against nigeria.
posted: 12:15 pm
Behold the claws of the mighty Eagle, clutching around the most wanted golden cup and up he goes, lifting it higher, higher and higher far above the reach of any African team; As he soars high he screems louder than all..."WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, TRUE GIANTS OF AFRICA". Now who can stand the Eagles wrath???
posted: 12:19 pm
posted: 12:45 pm
T'zozo, I couldn't help laughing in afrikkans after reading your hate induced post. Let start with you calling Nigerians bad people. These same bad people saved you from your semi white masters who burned your forefathers at the stake for many years. Look at the evil been perpetrated in your country. 100 years old women and one year-old girls are been raped by demon possessed youths of your country who have sold their souls to the devil. Your voodoo leader himself is a rapist so what do we expect from you poor followers, with low lives? Pray tell me who is a bad people.
posted: 01:22 pm
On 05/02/2013 I wrote: We will have Burkina faso vs Nigeria in the Finals. I will be shocked if Ghana can beat Burkina faso on two reasons; Ghana are playing fast game but not so much as a team and not physically better than Burkinabes, but they try to play physical game which they cant much with Burkinabes.And second, that horrible playing surface will be to the advantage of Burkinabes coz they dont play flat football like SA, zambia and Nigeria, and Ghana plays a little bit like these countries which will make them find difficult to play in this playing surface. Nigeria have found a rithym and motivated more especially that they are not at Mbombela I foresee them even winning the AFRICA CUP. The only block for Nigeria is the Divine intervation which may see Mali being given the game because of the Pains at home. It wll give Mali a consolation.Nigeria will have themselves to blame if they dont Pray harder to win the 2013 Africa Cup.
Congratulations Nigeria! But mind your comments we never insulted anyone when we won the cup last year 2012. We have handed the cup to you.
sonny ****
posted: 02:34 pm
@CEK, Thanks but remember that Nigerians don't start insulting people, we always mind our business until these hateful South Africans come provoking us.
posted: 03:05 pm

posted: 03:00 pm | Report

Nigeria= Gold
Burkina Faso=Silver
Mali = Bronze
Ghana = 4th
Bufunny, Bufunny = bottom feeders
To all South African haters, if you do not know the meaning of being a bottom feeder, then check out the dictionary.
posted: 03:09 pm
The second class Africans, also known as wharf rats in their own land are jealous that the Super Eagles are the African champions for the third time.
posted: 06:11 am
Congratulations to the SUPER EAGLES, CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA. Lets go out there and dominate the confederations cup in Brazil. We are very proud of you. Slyman
posted: 08:12 pm
T'zozo, just because you are consumed by hatred for your fellow humans as a result of your satan controlled mind does not make everyone else reason the way you do. You are a child of perdition and it is quite glaring from your post. I find it really funny when people like you insult Nigeria, when everyone knows that South Africa is the world Capital of RAPE and other violent crimes. YOU FIND PEOPLE REJOICING AND YOU COME HERE TO POST HATE COMMENTS?
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