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Burkina Faso and Nigeria drew 1-1 in a Africa Cup of Nations clash on Monday night.

Posted: 21 January 2013 Time: 22:02

Alain Traore stabbed in with the last kick of the game to give Burkina Faso a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a Nations Cup clash on Monday night.

Emmanuel Emenike shot Nigeria in front in the first-half, as the Super Eagles looked in dominant control.

But they failed to kill the game off despite creating a multitude of chances. And when Efe Ambrose was sent off with 15 minutes to play, things took a dire turn.

Keshi threw on Kenneth Omeruo to steady his backline, and the Eagles looked like they would hold on for the point, but a rash decision to go for the killer goal late on left the Nigerian exposed, and Burkina Faso broke with extreme menace.

The Nigeria defence failed to clear the ball and the substitute, Traore arrived late to poke home from close-range, and break Nigeria hearts.

The result leaves Group C all square, after Zambia and Ethiopia also drew 1-1 earlier on in the day.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:47 am
Trying to blame the referee is unfair. Yes he made rather unvalid calls but yet Nigeria could have sealed and locked the game much earlier. I hardly like putting the blame on a ref. No. The issues are with the team.

On the average I do not think it was such a disaster. You would want to think so in the light of the era of the Nwankwos and Okochas and that's where nostalgia becomes an enemy. Forget those days and look forward.

Keshi should look at more creative midfield responsibilities for Mikel. I believe there were flashes of the pre Chelsea Mikel in that match. Hopefully, against Zambia the midfield and attack should link up more. I expect a more intelligent marking from that team. They seemed rather untamed in approach. So lets see what the 25th brings.
posted: 12:09 pm
Addition to my earlier post: It will be a miracle to see a team coached by Keshi score upto 2 goals in a competitive match. Its almost prehistoric. His teams usually are defensively oriented and we saw that yesterday. Even his attackers tend to wonder at the best decisions when they are in the final third of the opponent. So if we do make it far with this team be ready to see scrappy wins at best were we just sneak it at a lone goal. But, I do stand to be corrected and look forward to people telling me I was wrong all through. UP SUPER EAGLES
posted: 12:50 pm
Nigeria need a better coach,and I think Siasia is far better than Keshi, this dude has no idea about coaching. Moreover, Caf need to talk to his referees, everything must not be corrupt in Africa. We all witnessed a similar poor officiating in South Africa vs Cape verde's game. The present Caf president has been there for ttoo long, Africa soccer is trending backwards. Fingers crossed Nigeria vs Zambia.
posted: 02:27 pm
Keshi isn't a good Coach simple
posted: 04:32 pm
Every body is already crying for Eagles woeful and dismal performance againt Burkinabes who to me is a very bad side. I bet you, Friday is going to be a day of High Blood Pressure. I pray the get something out of Zambia match or else Keshi will shut his loud mouth for life.

posted: 05:05 pm
posted: 06:04 pm
Nigeria played better, the pitch is bad and they couldnt influence the game as much as they would have loved to, further more we had more clear cut chances, the finishing would have have seen burkina loose by 3 goals on a different day, burkina had one good player and that was pietrotio(cant spell) aside that we lock them down and move well all of the team are fast and strong, yobo a bit sluggish but hopefully he will pick up, and the team need to press more when they defend, they did really well tracking back however, lots of positive, the goal was just a blot and even with 10 men, burkina did not deserve it
posted: 06:05 pm
This had been Nigerian style of play right from our falling days. Play very impressive football like men, but end it all like women. Absolutely, nothing has changed. Part of the reason for bringing on Keshi is to fix the Nigerian defence. After one year if he didnt do that what happens? We never lacked good strikers, we lacked good defenders.

As I said before, I will give my final accessment of this Couch and this side after our second match with Zambian team. Hands to Heart still crossed, watching and waiting.
Me,myself and I
posted: 10:00 pm
It is very Clear now why Keshi moved the last two friendly matches indoors and out of site, he knows that by doing so many of us will not be able to critize him, he knows fully well the mistake that he has done and he refuse to walk back from it,and by the time he gets to SA it will be overly too late for anything to be done, I have said it hear that to be a good coach u need to know how to listen, I'm not judging Keshi based on what I saw yesterday but I judging him on his one year as our coach, and I will say am not impressed. His track record of coaching is not a good one either, coach Togo & Mali they never got out of the group stage and if we are not careful we are heading the same way.
Me,myself and I
posted: 10:33 pm
The SE need a new captain, for our next match yobo dose not have an idea the duties of a captain, when u notice that the ref is not doing his job, it is the duty of the captain to confront the ref and point out any regularities, yesterday it was mikel that was doing so, yobo let the ref get his way with Nigeria, and for that I blame him for the red card that Nigeria got, when u see as a captain that efe Ambrose is having a difficult time handing the striker is either u overload that position or u change the defender that can match that very striker. This is what Peter Odemwingie has been talking about, that we need a captain that be a leader off and on the pitch.
posted: 11:07 pm
Nigeria did not play badly, they controlled the game relied on the long ball which got us the goal and which has bn one key pattern of scoring for us. Pls those who watch our league and past Nations Cup will recognise this. Sunday Oliseh in his days was one midfielder who did this a lot and Yekini was the beneficiary. My only problem in that match was the defense especially Yobo and Ambrose. Ambrose has not felt comfortable as a right fullback and it is well known but those cards were just unlucky cards. Musa needs to grow up because if he had some sense he should have known that at that moment in the game you just run down the clock. Ike Uche was a big disappointment. Does this mean we played badly? No. Can we improve? Obviously, yes. Can we beat Zambia? Probably easier than Burkina Faso, if I fear any team right now it is the Ethiopians, they were breathtaking and the altitude suits them (it beats me what we were doing in Faro). In all there were a lot of positives we can take from our match.
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