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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: 11:19 pm
I hope Osaze's celebratin tis wiv us...#justsaying#
Lady Goldilight
posted: 11:20 pm
Congratulations to the Nigerians for lifting the trophy. Burkina Faso played well, but going to extra time against both Togo and Ghana eventually made an impact on their tiredness. For me, these are the true soldiers of this Afcon tournament. Even without their injured star player, Alain Traore, they still managed to reach the finals. Well done Stallions! I personally salute you.
posted: 11:23 pm
Stephen Keshi has proved his critics wrong after his selection policy was widely questioned before the tournament. He reminds me of former Egyptian coach Hassan Shehata who led a youthful Egyptian team to 3 successful AFCON campaigns. He suffered similar strife from fans after dropping notable names like Mido & co. Congrats SE! Congrats SK! Congrats Nigeria!
posted: 11:28 pm
In the midst of this sweet celebration. I sieze this opportunity to thank the staff and management of KICKOFF, for giving us this beautiful platform to share our views on football. We love you and congratulations also.
posted: 11:29 pm
Bring back Siassia..... This 1-0 games is Nonsense
posted: 11:29 pm
In the midst of this sweet celebration. I seize this opportunity to thank the staff and management of KICKOFF, for giving us this beautiful platform to share our views on football. We love you and congratulations also.
@Funky_bee ,Zambian
posted: 11:29 pm
Congrats 9ja....AFCON champs
posted: 11:30 pm
You is this Sunday Mba... where are Peter O, Martins, Taiwo and co.?
posted: 11:31 pm
We are the Champions of Africa and I am very happy and over the moon.
My name sake Sunday Mba has made my name.
posted: 11:32 pm
@blackpanther187, You are not a true Nigerian! A true Nigerian wld be celebrating!--------
You are either an enemy of progress or a fake.
posted: 11:32 pm
Gooolaaassooo For The Eagles,The Best Are Yet To Come!
posted: 11:34 pm
Thank You Lord For Giving Us Such A victory,You Wipe Away Our Shames And Replace It With Loftiness To Be A Nigerian!
posted: 11:34 pm
posted: 11:35 pm
posted: 11:36 pm
Let This Victory Brings The Unity Of Niegria.Every Citizen Of Nigeria Should Wake Up,Lets Work Hard For The Future Benefit Of Nigeria,Keshi,Amokachi,Mikel,Moses,Mba,Ambros,Idaye,Ahmed,Enyeama,Emenike,
Echiejine,Oboabona,Omeruo,Onazi,Uche ,Yobo,Oshaniwa,And All The Rest Of The Team,You Guys Did A Good Job,May Good Bless You All,My Fellow Nigerians We All Means Alot To Our Nation.The Best Are Yet To Come.
posted: 11:39 pm

I am more Nija than many other fake guys here!!! Now everybody love Nigeria...abi?

Have you heared this?:


I Love my country to Death!! I always said that the time will come where we may have to try out new players. either we do it by force or we admit to it....
posted: 11:40 pm
Where are the CAF favourites? Cote d'voire and Ghana.
Keshi had rubbished those who believe a team can only do well with experience players... 17 debutants with nine of them starting in all Nigerian games... Two players played all Nigerian games without been substituted; home boy Obaboana and Enyeama...
Where are those who were shouting experience, show us where experience triumphed over dedication and hard work?
posted: 11:41 pm
Congrats to the Super Eagles and Coach Keshi!!! Champions of Africa. Keshi should stay and fine tune this team for the confederations cup and world cup in Brazil. I will surely be there to sipport the team.I wonder how those Ameobi's of the world feel about giving Nigeria the finger after flirting with her. Players like that will never be a champion in any league or tournament. Am elated and proud to be a Nigerian albeit in diaspora.
posted: 11:41 pm
@Blackpanther187, BUZZ OFF and go help your mama do the dishes in the kitchen. How old again did I hear you say? Seven? Just go fly kite if you live in North America or quietly go to bed if you live in Africa okay?
posted: 11:42 pm
for all the haters of keshi what saith thou now? i hate critics that criticizes stupidly as if given the chance they will do wonders. this is a big lesson to u all, learn to support ur own. keshi is a true legend, take it or leave it
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