AFCON 2013 Final: NIGERIA HAVE WON THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS!!!

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Feb 10th, 2013
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AFCON 2013 Final: Nigeria's national football team head coach Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi intends to prove a point about the prowess of African coaches when his side take on Burkina Faso in Sunday's African Nations Cup final.

AFCON 2013 Final: Nigeria’s national football team head coach Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi intends to prove a point about the prowess of African coaches when his side take on Burkina Faso in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

  • Latest: Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
  • Sunday Mba scores on 40 mins
  • Final at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
  • NIGERIA HAVE WON THE AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS!!!
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    Dagano steps up and rifles his free kick five yards over the bar! It may be all over! The Nigeria bench can sense they are on the brink of history!

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yellow_card B. Ideye
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Free kick to Burkina Faso! This may be their last chance!
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Long balls are being exchanged by the defences at the moment. Burkina Faso are tossing the ball up top to try and force an opportunity and Nigeria are clearing the ball and giving it right back to them.

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substitution Substitution Out Sunday Mba Substitution In Joseph Yobo
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Nigeria are looking to shut up shop now. Joseph Yobo comes on for Sunday Mba. Has the man coming off scores the goal that has won the Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria?
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How many opportunities will Nigeria squander? They may regret these missed chances!
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Ideye Brown should score!!! Some super interplay between Musa and Moses sees the 24-year-old running in at the back post but he fails to get a connection on the ball! I think he had one eye on Burkina Faso goalkeeper, Diakite, who was running out from his goal!

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substitution Substitution Out P. Koulibaly Substitution In M. Dagano
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Awful free kick. Ideye dusts himself up from the foul, steps up, and whips the free kick about five feet over the bar. He really should have made more out of that considering the position the set-piece was in.

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Free kick to Nigeria in a very useful position. Koulibaly brings down Ideye a few yards outside of the box.

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Mba has a crack from distance. Nigeria’s hero of the night looks to add to his tally with an effort from 30 yards but the shot lacked direction and goes out harmlessly for a goal kick. It looked as if Diakite had it covered anyway.

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Sanou was almost away celebrating there!
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What a save from Enyeama!!! World class!! Sanou receives a neat pass into the box and fires a shot towards the bottom corner! It looks destined to find the far corner of the net but the Nigeria ‘keeper somehow stretches out a fingertip to turn the ball round the post!

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Musa loses is footing at the vital moment!! The substitute is through on goal to the left and side and looks poised to pull the trigger, but catches his studs on the turf and falls over! He looks at the pitch in disgust! That was a real chance for Nigeria!
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yellow_card Juwon Oshaniwa
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Kabore whips in a fantastic corner kick to the back post and the ball is headed back into the penalty area, but Efe Ambrose rises high to head the ball away to safety. Great defending from the Celtic man!
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Brilliant atmosphere inside Soccer City this evening. The Africa Cup of Nations this year has saw some games with a very poor attendance but the stadium in Johannesburg is packed to the rafters this evening. And, ofcourse, the Vuvezelas are in full song!

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substitution Substitution Out Uwa Elderson Echiejile Substitution In Juwon Oshaniwa
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Nigeria do eventually get the chance to make the change. Juwon Oshaniwa is the man to replace the injured Echiejile, who managed to walk off the park, rather than on a stretcher.
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substitution Substitution Out Florent Rouamba Substitution In Wilfried Sanou
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Echiejile has had to go off and Nigeria are currently down to 10 men. Meanwhile, Wilfried Sanou replaces Florent Rouamba for Burkina Faso.
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A break in play at the moment as Echiejile is currently down. It isn’t really clear what happened to the Nigerian, he just seemed to go down of his own accord. He seems to be in pain though and the physios are on with a stretcher.
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Burkina Faso are just growing into the match a little more now. It is important they get Pitroipa on the ball more often, though, he is definitely the danger man

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Great challenge from Rouamaba!! Onazi bursts through the middle and almost gets into the penalty area but the Sheriff Tiraspol man came in with an excellent tackle round the corner to claw the ball from the feet of the Nigerian!
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Omeruo and Mikel both pick up yellow cards for Nigeria. The former went in late on Pitroipa and the latter showed dissent to the referee. To be fair to them, it was not a foul on the Burkina Faso man.
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yellow_card Kenneth Omeruo

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What is Moses doing?! The Chelsea man drives through on goal and has the opportunity have a crack at goal, but instead he opts to attempt a difficult pass to Ideye Brown on the right-hand side! He had the goal at his mercy there!

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Nigeria have missed the power and pace of Emanuel Emenike tonight. The Spartak Moscow man is not even in the Super Eagles squad due to a hamstring injury.
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substitution Substitution Out Uche Substitution In Ahmed Musa
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First change of the match for Nigeria. Ike Uche comes off to be replaced by Ahmed Musa.

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Wasteful again from Bance. The Augsburg took the ball down with a superb touch down the right, and opens up space for himself, but his cross into the box is so wayward that it floats over the bar for a goal kick to Nigeria.
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The Super Eagles have started with intent here!
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Great save from Diakite!!! Ideye Brown turns Kone excellently inside the box before smashing a shot to the back post, but the Burkina Faso goalkeeper stretched out a leg to turn the ball away for a Nigeria corner!

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Sunday Mba is the first non-Egyptian scorer in an Africa Cup of Nations final since 2004. Quite a stat!
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No changes to report at the break.
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We are back under way in Soccer City!

Half time in Soccer City. A solitary goal from Sunday Mba in the last five minutes of the first half is the difference so far as Nigeria lead Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations final. Still plenty of football to be played, though! Join us in 15 minutes for the second period!

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BANCE!!! The ball breaks to the striker on the edge of the area and he fires a half-volley towards goal, but the attempt goes a yard or so over the crossbar!!
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On the balance of play, Nigeria deserve to be ahead. They have had the better of possession and look the more dangerous as they drive forward.

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goal Goal Sunday Mba
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR NIGERIA!!! Moses smashes a shot at goal and the ball deflects to Mba, who terrifically flicks the ball over the challenge of the defender before stabbing the ball into the far corner with a left-footed strike! 1-0 Super Eagles!
Lovely play from Pitroipa. The Burkina Faso man displayed skill to flick the ball round the corner for Bance, who spreads the play out to the right-hand side.
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yellow_card Ogenyi Onazi
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First booking of the match for Nigeria, and it goes to Onazi. The Nigeria man went in very late on Pitroipa. Deserved yellow card.
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A very quiet period in the game at the moment. Neither side are too bothered about pressing the opposition or increasing the tempo of their passing. It’s being played at a snail’s pace.
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yellow_card Florent Rouamba
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Burkina Faso are ranked 92nd in the world by Fifa while Nigeria is ranked in 52nd place. The gulf isn’t visible here, it has been a relatively even game so far!
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The game is getting stretched here. There is plenty of space being created in both halves but there has beeen a lack of quality in the penalty area. Neither ‘keeper has been worked too extensively.
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John Obi Mikel is bossing the game here. He is spreading the play at will to the wings but, to be fair, he isn’t facing much resistant. There has been a severe lack of goalscoring opportunities so far.
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Absolutely horrendous attempt from Bance. Burkina Faso had the opportunity to get the ball into the box but he dragged a weak shot by the post from 30 yards. Enyeama didn’t even move.
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Burkina Faso are sruggling to keep possession whenever they break into the final third. Pitroipa make an excellent run through the middle but his options were limited when he received the ball. They need to commit more men forward.
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Speculative effort from Bance. The Burkina Faso man attempts the spectacular from 30 yards but his attempts goes five or six yards over the bar. That was never bothering Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
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Moses is starting to show his flair here!! The Chelsea man flicked the ball over the top of the Burkina Faso defence with a terrific flick for Echiejile, but they eventually clear the ball out for a throw-in.
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Good goalkeeping from Diakite!! Moses bursts down the left-hand side and fizzes a teasing cross into the area but the Burkina Faso ‘keeper comes out to claim the ball with a diving save. That almost broke to Ideye on the edge of the area!
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Mikel flashes a pass into the feet of Ideye but the Dynamo Kyiv man breaks down the move with a poor touch a couple of yards inside the box. The Super Eagles are probing for the opening goal here!
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Pitroipa picks up the ball in a great position 20 yards from goal and attempts to thread a pass through the middle for Bance, but the ball is just overhit and Nigeria get the goal kick.
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Nigeria have settled the better of the two sides here. Moses, in particular, looks like the man most likely to make something happen out there.
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Ambrose drives forward again and looks to slip a pass through to Uche. He picks up possession but the Burkina Faso backline step out and the Nigerian is flagged as offside.
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IDEYE BROWN!!!! Nigeria miss a great chance!!! A corner kick is whipped in and Diakite comes to claim but drops the ball!! Brown is there and has the whole goal to aim at, but blasts his attempt over the bar!
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Moses gets to the byline and lashes a cross into the box but Kone is there to clear the ball out for a Nigeria corner, which the Chelsea player will take.
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Moses floats in the free kick, and Ambrose rises high to power a header at goal. However, his attempt goes just over the bar and does not bother Diakite in the Burkina Faso goal.
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Free kick to Nigeria in a promising position. Pitroipa brings down Ideye Brown 25 yards from goal. Victor Moses will take the set-piece…
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John Obi Mikel has had the most assists of the Africa Cup of Nations nations so far. Let’s see if he can provide any more for the Nigeria frontline this evening.
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Nigeria make a positive start to the match. Efe Ambrose attempts to go on a signature run down the right-hand side but loses the ball in the final third. Burkina Faso retain possession.
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We are under way in Soccer City!
This is Burkina Faso’s first ever Africa Cup of Nations final. Let’s see how they do!
If the Nigeria win on tonight, Stephen Keshi will become the second man to win the Nations Cup as coach and player after Egyptian, Mahmoud Al Gohari.
Burkina Faso (4-4-2): D. Diakite; M. Koffi, B. Kone, Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri; D. Kone, Kabore, Rouam

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel takes one in the stomach from Burkina Faso’s Charles Kabore – but the Nigeria player seems OK.

The teams are being introduced to South Africa president Jacob Zuma and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. It’s a noisy stadium. Guess what’s making the most noise? That’s right, those blinking vuvuzelas!

AFCON 2013 Final: Nigeria’s national football team head coach Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi intends to prove a point about the prowess of African coaches when his side take on Burkina Faso in Sunday’s African Nations Cup final.

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