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Nigeria Crowned Kings Of Africa

2013 AFCON Final

Result: Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

Date: 10 February

Venue: National Stadium

Warri Wolves midfielder Sunday Mba proved to be the difference as his strike allowed Nigeria to become kings of Africa for the first time in 19 years after beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final on Sunday.

The first chance would come for the Nigerians in the eighth minute though as Victor Moses put in a cross which was firmly met by the head of Efe Ambrose but it sailed just over the crossbar.

The Super Eagles had another great chance two minutes later when Brown Ideye challenged the goalkeeper for a corner, which saw the stopper drop the ball, but Ideye poked his shot over the crossbar.

The Stallions had a chance with seven minutes left in the half but after Djakaridja Kone was found at the far post, he fired wide of the target when it would have been better to put the ball back across goal.

The opening goal would come two minutes later when Moses saw his shot blocked and it rebounded to Mba. The midfielder lifted the ball over one defender before stretching to volley the ball into the corner.

Burkina Faso lashed a few shots wayward in the dying minutes of the half as Nigeria held the lead going into the break.

The Super Eagles had a good chance to double their tally three minutes after the break when Uche lashed a ball across the six-yard area but nobody got a touch.

Moses then had another chance on the break but after bursting forward he took too long to get his shot off and the Burkina Faso defence closed down the chance.

Burkina Faso came within inches of pulling the game level when Sanou was played through on the counter but his powerful snapshot was prevented from finding the bottom corner by the fingertips of Vincent Enyeama.

Nigeria could have wrapped up the result with four minute to go but neither Moses or Ideye could poke home after a comedy of errors by Burkina Faso. Ideye had another chance a minute later but he guided the ball off target from the six yard area.

Burkina Faso threw everyone forward in the dying minutes but Nigeria were calm in defence and saw out the game to claim the Africa Cup of Nations title for a third time.

Standard Bank Moment of the Match: Sunday Mba latched onto the rebound after a Victor Moses shot and showed brilliant skill to dink the ball over one defender before getting to the ball ahead of two others to guide his volley home.

Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Godfrey Oboabona, Uwa Echiejile, Sunday Mba, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Brown Ideye, Ikechukwu Uche, Victor Moses.

Burkina Faso: Daouda Diakite, Mohamed Koffi, Bakary Kone, Paul Keba Koulibaly, Saidou Panandetiguiri, Florent Rouamba, Djakaridja Kone, Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma, Jonathan Pitroipa, Aristide Bance.


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