Nigeria took home their third Nations Cup after securing a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso at the grand finale of the 2013 AFCON on Sunday February 10, 2013 at the Soccer City in Johannesburg.
The Super Eagles’ goal came from a Sunday Mba left strike after he flicked the ball over a Burkinabe defender five minutes before the end of the first-half.
Nigeria last won the trophy in 1994 where their current coach, Stephen Keshi, was the captain of the side.
Keshi now becomes the second African to lift the trophy both as a coach and a player. The first was Egypt’s Mahmoud Al Gohari
“Winning this tournament is mainly for my nation,” Keshi said, reports the ESPN.
“When I came on board a year-and-a-half ago, my dream is to make all Nigerians happy,” he added.
Sunday Mba scored a magnificent winner as Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time.
The dominant Super Eagles made the breakthrough just before half-time when Mba clipped the ball over Mohamed Koffi and then volleyed into the far corner.
Burkina Faso almost equalised when Wilfried Sanou forced a fingertip save from goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
Ahmed Musa slipped as he looked set to score and Victor Moses almost poked home as Nigeria eased to victory.
It was a win that was fully deserved as Nigeria comfortably beat a tired-looking Burkina Faso, who struggled to make an impact in their maiden final appearance.
And perhaps it was one game too many for the Burkinabe, who had failed to win a single game on foreign soil in the Nations Cup before this tournament but shocked many by going so far this time.
However, credit must go to Nigeria and their coach Stephen Keshi, who captained the Super Eagles when they last won the title in 1994 and becomes only the second man to lift the trophy as a player and as a coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary.