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Mon, Feb 11 2013 05:54:28
Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso (1-0)
Pre-Kickoff: Ticket scanner problems? Fake tickets at the gates?
Nigeria and Burkina Faso fans would have been nervous enough before the game, but to add to their misery, some of them had trouble entering because of ticket scanner issues!
Eventually the problems were sorted out and the stadium was filled up for the finals, a great sight to see at a tournament that always struggled to get healthy match attendance numbers.
Brown Ideye had an early chance to give Nigeria the lead.
Both teams started the game brightly on a good playing surface at the FNB Stadium. Nigeria had an early chance to take the lead, but the gift given to him by the Burkinabe GK Diakite caught Ideye by surprise and he couldn't convert the chance.
After that early scare, the game became a cagey midfield battle between the two teams.
Nigeria pushed and got their breakthrough just before half time.
Sunday Mba scored on a Sunday for the second time at African Cup Nations 2013. In a spell of pressure, Nigeria pushed forward and after Moses' shot rebounded into the path of Mba, he dinked the ball over one of the defenders then expertly volleyed it past the goalkeeper. Definitely a goal worthy of winning a final.
Burkina Faso were unable to find an equalizer in the second half.
Burkina Faso had stunned everyone making it this far, but the final did seem to be a step too far.
The closing bell: The ref whistled and got molested
Checkout the brief moment of ref love that Nigerian goalie Enyeama shows just as Nigeria are confirmed as winners to AFCON 2013.
Man of the Competition: Jonathan Pitroipa
Burkina Faso's heartbeat, he may have lost the final but he has won over many admirers globally. Will his new found fame catapult him from Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais to a European power club? On the basis of this tournament, he will not be a misfit for sure.
Highest goal scorer: Emmanuel Emenike
He did not play the final because of an injury, but the Spartak Moscow striker scored four times to help Nigeria get there. Also on four goals was Ghana's Wakaso Mubarak (Espanyol, La Liga) who lost out on the top prize having played more games than Emenike.
Fair Player of the Competition: Victor Moses
Fair player, flair player and more. Chelsea's Victor Moses and Obi Mikel have won a major trophy this season, a feat their club teammates are unlikely to replicate. Even more unlikely though, is a Chelsea player winning a fair play trophy of any kind, so well done Moses!