The Nigeria Super Eagles have claimed their third Africa Cup of Nations Title — their first since 1994 — in an exciting clash against West African neighbor, Burkina Faso, in front of thousands in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sunday Mba, of home-based Warri Wolves, scored the game-winner off of a brilliant juggling display in the dying minutes of the first half. Impressive goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, secured the lead and victory with a quick-reflex save that was certainly on target in the second half.
Nigeria claimed their third CAF Africa Cup of Nations title with a dominant performance over Burkina Faso in Johannesburg. Sunday Mba fired the Super Eagles ahead with a superb volley five minutes before the break after a period of pressure saw Burkina Faso, competing in their first final, succumb to Stephen Keshi’s side. The trophy qualifies Nigeria to compete in this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
Wilfried Sanou came close to levelling for the Stallions midway through the second half but his brief flash of brilliance was extinguished by a top-drawer save by Vincent Enyeama. It was Nigeria’s first final since 2000, but they were considered favourites ahead of the match against the minnows from west Africa due to their 12-game unbeaten record. Their win means coach Keshi becomes only the second man to win the cup as coach and player, following in the footsteps of Egyptian Mahmoud Al Gohari.
Of note, Coach Stephen Keshi becomes only the second person ever to win the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player (1994) and a coach (2013), quite an accomplishment. Is a Confederations Cup Title and/or a World Cup Title in Nigeria’s near future perhaps? Well done Super Eagles.
Next up, as African (CAF) Champions, Nigeria now moves on the the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 (in Brazil, June 15-30), and will face off against Tahiti (OFC Champs), Uruguay (CONMEBOL Champs), and Spain (reigning World Cup Champs) in Group B action beginning June 17 against Tahiti in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. If you aim to attend, make sure to stay on top of ticket availability.