An underrated Nigerian team, the Super Eagles, dominates Africa bringing the country something to cheer in the face of inept leadership, monumental corruption and widespread poverty ravaging the land
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, Sunday night, inside the FNB Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, ended a 19-year wait to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations trophy after beating the Stallions of Burkina Faso 1-0.
Home-based professional, Sunday Mba, again proved his mettle scoring the only goal for Nigeria five minutes away from the half time mark.
Mba is one of the six home-based players in the Nigerian squad to South Africa and currently plies his trade with Nigeria Premier League side, Warri Wolves.
The goal came in a surprising way after Brown Ideye’s fine run up the middle was cut short by a Burkinabe defender and the referee waved play on due to Nigeria’s advantage.
With the ball finding Moses, he fired a shot that was blocked and Mba connected on and first tipped the ball over an on- rushing Burkinabe defender with his right leg before finishing it off with a left volley to record his second goal of the tournament.
Both teams huffed and puffed but the solitary goal from Mba made the difference for Nigeria as they claimed their third AFCON title.
Dubbed favourites going into the game, the Super Eagles had the first shot on target as Efe Ambrose tried a weak strike from outside the 18 yards in the second minute, and that was promptly picked up by the Burkina Faso keeper, Diakite.
Seven minutes later, Burkina Faso’s Roumbaba brought down Ideye, conceding a free kick some 25 yards in front of goal. Victor Moses lobbed in the free kick and it was Efe Ambrose who rose above his markers and nodded strongly but the ball went few centimetres over the bar.
Ideye came close to shooting Nigeria ahead in the 10th minute after a goal keeping error saw the ball drop from the hands of Burkina Faso goal keeper but Ideye’s rebound was inches higher than the bar yet again.
In the 12th minute, there was a little scare for the Nigeria team as youthful Ogenyi Onazi barged into a Burkina Faso player and needed some medical attention before getting back on his feet.
With 15 minutes on the clock, Burkina Faso made their first incursion into the Nigerian defence with star man, Jonathan Pitropa, slicing the Eagles defence, but his final pass to teammate, Bance, was intercepted by Godffery Oboabona.
THE GOAL THAT WON THE NATIONS CUP FOR NIGERIA
Nigeria started the second half on fire again, and Ideye was close to doubling Nigeria’s lead but goalkeeper Diakite put a finger to the ball to deny the ball going into the net.
The Eagles then had other scoring chances with the likes of Moses, Ahmed Musa all having a go at goals.
The Final match of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations is the first truly all-West African Final since Cote d’Ivoire prevailed over Ghana 11-10 on penalties at the Stade Leopold Senghor Stadium, Dakar on January 26, 1992.
With Sunday’s win, the Super Eagles have now moved behind only Egypt, Cameroon and Ghana on the number of tournaments won.
Coach Stephen Keshi has thus become only the second man to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as player and coach. Keshi lifted the trophy the last time Nigeria won it, on April 10, 1994, in Tunisia.
If you missed the match, you can read our live commentaries of the game below.
Good evening folks! Welcome to Premium Time’s LIVE coverage of the Africa Cup Of Nations finals clash between Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
|1 Vincent Enyeama||1 Daouda Diakité|
|3 Elderson Echiejile||5 Mohamed Koffi|
|5 Efe Ambrose||4 Bakary Koné|
|22 Kenneth Omeruo||8 Keba Paul Koulibaly|
|14 Godfrey Oboabona||22 Préjuce Nakoulma|
|10 John Obi Mikel||7 Florent Rouamba|
|17 Ogenyi Onazi||18 Charles Kaboré|
|11 Victor Moses||6 Djakaridja Koné|
|15 Ikechukwu Uche||15 Aristide Bancé|
|19 Sunday Mba||12 Saidou Mady Panandetiguiri|
|11 B,Y. Jonathan Pitroipa|
|16 Austine Ejide||16 Abdoulaye Soulama|
|23 Chigozie Agbim||23 Germain Sanou|
|21 Juwon Oshaniwa||3 Henri Traoré|
|2 Joseph Yobo||20 Wilfried Sanou|
|6 Azubuike Egwuekwe||17 Ali Rabo|
|20 Nosa(khare) Igiebor||13 Issouf Ouattara|
|4 Obiora Nwankwo||10 Alain Traoré|
|13 Fegor Ogude||21 Abdou Razack Traoré|
|12 Ruben Gabriel||9 Moumouni Dagano|
|7 Ahmed Musa||19 Pan Pierre Koulibaly|
|18 Ejike Uzoenyi||14 Benjamin Balima|
|2 Hugues Wilfrid Da|
19.16Referee: Haimoudi Djamel from Algeria.
19.23Teams out, receiving handshakes from FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, Jacob Zuma, and CAF president, Isa Hayatou.
19.33Nigeria in green, Burkina Faso playing in white.
19.34The match is well attended. David Mark, Nigeria's senate president was among the dignitaries who shook hands with players before the match commenced 4' ago.
19.35Ike Uche started ahead of Emenike.
19.36Nigeria gets the first corner of the game. Taken, and punched away by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.
19.38Rouamba fouls Nigerian Ideye a distance away from the goal area, free kick taken and headed wide by Efe Ambrose.
19.39Nigeria increasing pressure, gets second corner kick of the match.
19.41Ideye misses a shot at goal after the Burkina Faso goalkeeper loosely competed for an aerial corner kick. It was a narrow miss.
19.42Ike Uche offside on a fantastic pass from Efe Ambrose. He was split second too early on the run.
19.44Onazi off for treatment after a collision with Burkina Faso Nakoulma.
19.45Victor Moses playing comfortably well despite injury scare in the build up to the match.
19.47Victor Moses everywhere on the pitch. The pressure is on, Nigeria dominating at the moment.
19.50Another attempt from Victor Moses smartly blocked by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.
19.5524' Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso. Bance with the chance, oh! He shoots wide.
19.57Burkina Faso with a free kick just outside the Nigerian goal area.
19.58Bance on it! He shoots wide again. Two attempts in three minutes.
19.59Burkina Faso is rising into the match as Nigeria begins to loose up front.
20.03Rouamba awarded a yellow card for a rough tackle on Nigeria's Victor Moses.
20.05Nigeria back in the game, but Burkina Faso defence is a hard nut to crack.
20.08The pitch for the AFCON 2013 final match is not the best the tournament offered. It is patchy and sandy. Nigerian Onazi picks up a yellow card.
20.10GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! Nigeria scores.
20.11Sunday MBA scores his second goal for Nigeria in the tournament. A brilliant display of three kick, saw Sunday, a home based player, shatter the Burkina Faso Defence.
20.1241' Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso.
20.14Burkina Faso changes strategy, now all out for an equaliser. Bancroft is the spot man, but has shown high inaccuracy at kicks.
20.17MBA with a second chance but shoots wide from the goal area.
20.17First half ends.
20.29Burkina Faso was Nigeria's first opponent in this tournament. They came from a one goal down lead to equalise at the last minute of that match. For Nigeria, the resilience of the Burkina Faso player is not new, but can they stand it today? The next 45 minutes will show.
20.32Burkina Faso to kick off the second half.
20.33Second half starts.
20.34The Nigerian defenders have managed to ensure they are not bamboozled by Bance's macho build.
20.36A narrow miss for Nigeria, an intelligent pass from Ideye is wasted by distant Ike Uche. Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
20.39Corner kick to Nigeria. A Victor Moses effort.
20.43Victor Moses with a chance to insure Nigeria's goal with a second. A face to face with the goalkeeper, and he misses the chance.
20.45Omerou gets a yellow card for a foul on Pitriopa, Burkina Faso's star player. He is treated on the field and a complain by Mikel Obi is greeted with a yellow card.
20.47Pitriopa back on the pitch, leads a failed counter attack on the Nigerian defence.
20.49Nigeria missing too many chances. Pitriopa gets a free kick against Nigeria, at the edge of the goal area. Kick taken and defended.
20.51Echiejile down. To be stretched off the pitch
20.53Echiejile in tears as he is wheeled off the pitch. End of tournament it is for the injured player. He will be replaced.
20.54Oshaniwa replaces injured Echiejile for Nigeria.
20.59Oshaniwa awarded card for rough tackle on Kaboure of Burkina Faso.
21.01Nigeria under pressure from Burkina Faso. Three corners in a row. A strike from Sanou is deflected narrowly by Enyeama.
21.0375' Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
21.05"All we are saying, give us more goals!" The Nigerian fans demand in chants.
21.07MBA looking for a second goal, shoots wide.
21.09A chance for Nigeria to insure their lead. Ideye brought down at the edge of Burkina Faso goal area.
21.10Ideye shoots wide, not anywhere near the woodworks.
21.13Burkina Faso pushing hard, time is running out. Nigeria leads by 1-0
21.14Nigeria in terrible unbelievable misses in front of post.
21.14Ambrose is down. Three minutes to go.
21.15Yobo is coming on.
21.16Sunday MBA, the goal scorer is off for Joseph Yobo, the Nigerian captain.
21.17Razack, an attacker on for Traore, a defender. Burkina Faso looking to salvage the game.
21.184' added on to the second half.
21.19Yellow card for Ideye, for a handball.
21.21Burkina Faso looks like they have lost their last chance to extend their bid for the cup.
21.22NIGERIA is champion of African football this year!!!
21.42Nigeria lifts the trophy!!! wild jubilation in the pitch.
21.44Stephen Keshi brings glory to Nigeria and makes history as the first African to lift the trophy twice, first as a player and as a coach.