Nigeria wins African Cup of Nations

Nigeria wins African Cup of Nations

Nigeria captured its long-awaited third African Nations Cup title with a dominant 1-0 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 itsr first final, succumb to Stephen Keshi's side.

Wilfried Sanou came close to equalizing 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 it was hot favorites ahead of the match against the minnows from west Africa due to its 12-game unbeaten record.

Nigeria's 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.

The Super Eagles set their stall out early, with wave after wave of attack which pegged Burkina Faso back into their own half for the majority of the first 45 minutes.

Efe Ambrose had the first chance of the match when he headed over the bar fromVictor Moses' free kick in the seventh minute before Burkina Faso goalkeeper Daouda Diakite almost made a disastrous mistake moments later.

Diakite came off his line to take a ball above his own defender's head, only to fluff his take, with Brown Ideye's resulting weak shot looping over the bar.

It was a huge let off for Burkina Faso in its first taste of the competition's final, after it had previously only reached the last four of the tournamnet in 1998 where it lost to eventual champions Egypt.

However, there was a glimmer of creativity from midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa, who had his red card from the last match against Ghana rescinded, when he made a good run up the right and drew in four Nigeria defenders, only for the resulting corner to be easily neutralized.

Nigeria kept up the pressure, Aristide Bance wasting a good chance when his low, drilled 25-yard free-kick flashed just wide of Enyeama's right post, before Ikechukwu Uche's turn on edge of box was miscued by the onrushing Ideye.

Burkina Faso was struggling to get out of its own half and Nigeria's dominance told five minutes before the break, when Mba volleyed past Diakite from the middle of the box.

After some good build-up play, Moses' shot was blocked and looped up to Mba, who plucked the ball from the air to fire the Super Eagles to a deserved lead.

The goal gave the match a much-needed boost, with Burkina Faso increasing its urgency and making a couple of surging runs into the Nigeria box before the half-time whistle.

Nigeria almost doubled its lead two minutes after the break when Moses played in Ideye, who was unable to get enough angle on his strike and flashed it across the face of goal.

Moses then wasted a golden chance to score on the counter-attack when he failed to pull the trigger when one-on-one with defender Madi Panandetiguiri.

The Nigeria defense was then called upon to keep out two testing corners before Super Eagles goalkeeper Enyeama denied Sanou's powerful strike with a fantastic diving save to tip it around the post.

However, Burkina Faso remained unable to find that elusive cutting edge, with substitute Moumouni Dagano firing over the bar with his stoppage time free-kick in their last meaningful attack.

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Re: STEPHEN KESHI Manages Nigeria to another AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS VICTORY
Emj posted on 02-10-2013, 15:03:41 PM


Double lols....Gangnam styleeeeeeeeee.

Victory has brothers and sister and is sweet o.....
Re: B-r-e-a-k-i-ng News: Super Eagles Are Kings Of The Continent, win Afcon 2013
Valteena posted on 02-10-2013, 15:06:44 PM
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Smhh, it is not an impressive win IMHO.
Stephen Keshi practised nepotism, he recruited only okoro ajeokuta mamu omi(cassava bread boys) into the team.
I didnt see any federal character. And what btw is the cut off for recruitment into the team.
A committee should be set up to look into this 1-0 win as it is very suspect....

Anyway...Congratulations to Super Eagles.....


True Countessa mi, it wasn't their best outing of the tournament, but they delivered at the end. He he he no worry a committee is in the making to look into it, as well as share some oyel money to the boyz jare.

Meanwhile Up GEJ what an achievement breaking the 19 years nations cup drought during his term.
Re: STEPHEN KESHI Manages Nigeria to another AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS VICTORY
Anioma777 posted on 02-10-2013, 15:11:08 PM
Yes o Keshi has made history as the second man to with the AFCON both as a player and as a coach. The fact of the mater is that irrespective of the make up of the team certain enemies of progress tried to have a field day with, Stephen Keshi, his staff and players will be known in the history books as NIGERIANS WHO WON THE AFCON. Food for thought but no doubt some Nigerians would have been wanting a different outcome. Oh well too bad for them.

I hope this victory now lays to rest the golliwog mentality of always looking to oyinbo coaches for success. Keshi has been vindicated in his recent comments about the madness many African countries adopt in hiring half baked oyinbo coaches.
Re: B-r-e-a-k-i-ng News: Super Eagles Are Kings Of The Continent, win Afcon 2013
First-lady posted on 02-10-2013, 15:13:03 PM
QUOTE:
Smhh, it is not an impressive win IMHO.
Stephen Keshi practised nepotism, he recruited only okoro ajeokuta mamu omi(cassava bread boys) into the team.
I didnt see any federal character. And what btw is the cut off for recruitment into the team.
A committee should be set up to look into this 1-0 win as it is very suspect....

Anyway...Congratulations to Super Eagles.....


The cut off is that you must be able to swallow stone dry akpu
ROFL
I was making poundo for my mom one day and she said Biko add water,I don't eat that type your husband eats lol
re: Super Eagles Are Kings of Africa
Lalakokofefe posted on 02-10-2013, 15:20:51 PM
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re: Super Eagles Are Kings of Africa
Emj posted on 02-10-2013, 15:28:40 PM
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A certain villager gave this babes this to hold....and snap, u have a picture....

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re: Super Eagles Are Kings of Africa
Nobaba posted on 02-10-2013, 15:31:03 PM
Sis,

Don't be provoked, this is not the place for it. You have done a good job in those posts. Ignore them and just go on celebrating.

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Yeah we don hear you. I don't know who argue that quota system is good here with you.
re: Super Eagles Are Kings of Africa
Yum posted on 02-10-2013, 15:34:13 PM
The Dame and the President. What a day in their lives. Good news is good news no matter how small it is.

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re: Super Eagles Are Kings of Africa
First-lady posted on 02-10-2013, 15:34:30 PM
In the midst of all our gloom in Naija,something to put smiles on our faces
Re: STEPHEN KESHI Manages Nigeria to another AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS VICTORY
DeepThought posted on 02-10-2013, 15:37:02 PM
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I hope this victory now lays to rest the golliwog mentality of always looking to oyinbo coaches for success. Keshi has been vindicated in his recent comments about the madness many African countries adopt in hiring half baked oyinbo coaches.


Shaaaraaaap! Shaaaraaaap there I say!

Who born monkey? Who born am? enh? enh? Answer me! I say who born monkey????

Every fool knows that a black coach is only good enough for just the African cup. Haba even a blind man can see that we need a white coach to take us to the world cup jor

Gerrroutttt!!!!
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