Africa Afcon 2013: Analysis for the grand-finale – Nigeria 1 – 0 Burkina Faso

Nigeria had a positive start to the match whiles Burkina Faso just started growing into the match during the second-half.

Nigeria since 1994 has never set eyes on this trophy but now the Super Eagles of Nigeria has made it.

Plenty of space being created in both halves but there has been a lack of quality in the 18-yard-box. Burkina Faso had a great opportunity but there was a weak pass.

Mikel Obi has had the most assist for this years AFCON and Nigeria seems to have settled better of the two sides.

Moses in particular looks like the man most likely to make something happen for his country.

Coach Keshi has won the trophy as a player and has now won the trophy again as a coach in 90″ of action in South Africa.

Burkina Faso (4-4-2): D. Diakite; M. Koffi, B. Kone, Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri; D. Kone, Kabore, Rouamba, Nakoulma; Pitroipa, Bance

Nigeria (4-3-3): Enyeama; Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Echiejile; Mba, Mikel, Onazi; Moses, Uche, Ideye

90 + 3″ Yellow Card booked by B. Ideye

71″ Yellow Card booked by Juwon Oshaniwa

57″ Yellow Card booked by John Mikel Obi

57″ Yellow Card booked by Kenneth Omeruo

40″ Goal by Sunday Mba for Nigeria

38″ Yellow Card booked by Ogenyi Onazi

33″ Yellow Card booked by Florent Rouamba

Nigeria                                                    Burkina Faso
55%               Possesion                            45%
7 (1)               Shots (on goal)                   10(2)
13                    Fouls                                       7
3                     Corner kicks                          6
2                      Off-sides                                4
2                      Saves                                      3
4                      Yellow cards                         1
–                      Red cards                               –

Jonathan Pitroipa – Man of the Competition

Victor Moses – Fairplay

Kone – Fairplay

Emmanuel Emenike – Pepsi highest scorer of the competition

 

Moses smashed a shot at goal and the ball deflects to Mba, who terrifically flicks the ball over the challenge of the defender before stabbing the ball into the far corner with a left-footed strike! 1-0 Super Eagles during the first half of the match which made Burkina hungry for goals.

It was however a brilliant atmosphere inside Soccer City this evening. Few chances into the 90″ and Nigeria not giving Burkina a chance at all.

Musa could have made it 2 for Nigeria in the 73rd” but lost that vital moment. Mikel was well composed in the midfield. Ambrose on the side of Nigeria has been a horse and Burkina defenders stayed put due to the pressure the Nigerian forward gave.

Burkina seemed hot on field and never letting any ball just go easily.

On the streets of Lagos Jubilation, Kano Jubilation, Lagos Jubilation and noise on the streets of Lagos – Nigeria.

Captain Yobo however played a good role in calming the nerves of his colleagues and bringing them to order.

The Super Eagles claim their third Africa Cup of Nations title thanks to a solitary goal in the first half from Sunday Mba! Stephen Keshi has become only the second man in history to win the Nations Cup as coach and player! Burkina Faso played their part in the tournament, but Nigeria will have their name on the trophy, confirming their third AFCON title.

 

Read also:

http://en.africatopsports.com/2013/02/10/afcon-2013-yobo-upbeat-ahead-of-opener-nigeria-vs-burkina-faso-video/


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