The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Sunday defeated the Stallions of Burkina Faso to win the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations played at the First National Bank Stadium in Johannesburg.
Sunday Mba’s 40th minute strike made the difference as the Eagles edged out the Burkinabes by a lone goal. The goal seemed to have woken the Stallions up as they came all out in search of an equalizer that never came despite several incursions into the Nigerian half.
It was also obvious that the Eagles missed the services of Emmanuel Emenike, the side’s newly found goal scoring machine. The Nigerian side emerged champions again, 19 years after they last lifted the trophy. Incidentally, Stephen Keshi who coached the victorious Eagles was the captain of the side that won the tournament back then in 1994. Keshi became the second person to win the title as a player and coach, after Egypt’s Mahmoud el Ghoary who won as a player in 1959 and as coach in 1998.
Scores stood at one nil in favour of Nigeria at half time and the second half saw the introduction of speedy Ahmed Musa who came in for Ikechukwu Uche. Eldesron Echejile too picked an injury and had to be taken off for Juwon Osinowo. The final substitution was Joseph Yobo, who has featured at six editions of the Nations Cup for Sunday Mba in the 88th minute.
Nigeria had earlier made a great representation at the closing ceremony as D’Banj thrilled the audience with “Oliver Twist”, one of his hit songs as well as a beautiful rendition of the tournament’s theme song.