In the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria emerged victorious after beating Burkina Faso 1 – 0 in the final match on February 10th at the National Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa in front of around 85,000 fans.
A goal from Sunday Mba five minutes before half time settled the final. It was a deserved victory for the Super Eagles who made most of the running in the game.
Nigeria endured much scorn from their own supporters for their displays in the group stages, with coach Stephen Keshi reported to be facing the sack if his side lost their quarter-final to Cote d’Ivoire.
But in a stunning turnaround of fortunes, the Nigerians have claimed a first continental success since the great side of 1994, which Keshi himself captained.
The Super Eagles had to endure the loss of leading striker Emmanuel Emenike before kick off after he failed to recover from a hamstring injury, but Chelsea forward Victor Moses was passed fit. Ike Uche was drafted in for Emenike, but had an ineffective match leading the line and was replaced early in the second half.
There was an early scare for the Burkinabe when goalkeeper Daouda Diakite dropped a catch, but Brown Ideye put the ball over with the goal gaping. Nigeria continued to make the running, but a mixture of wild shooting and last-ditch defending from Burkina Faso kept them at bay.
Nigeria’s victory means they will now face world and European champions Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.