Nigeria Wins African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 Final, Plus Stats & Awards

Nigeria Wins African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013 Final, Plus Stats & Awards

Sunday Mba scored the winner as Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the third time. The goal was scored just before half-time when Mba clipped the ball over Mohamed Koffi of Burkina Faso and then volleyed into the far corner. Although Burkina Faso almost equalised,  goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made an exceptional fingertip save from Wilfried Sanou’s shot .

It was a fully deserved win for a Nigerian side that was hardly given a chance before the South African hosted tournament. Credit must also go to Nigerian 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. It is also the first time for 21 years that a black African coach has won the cup – Ivory Coast’s Yeo Martial was the last to do so in 1992.

Nigeria will now face World and European champions Spain, Uruguay, and Tahiti to compete in Group B at the upcoming 2013 Confederations Cup hosted by Brazil in June, as a prelude to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Stephen Keshi’s reported resignation a day after claiming the Nations Cup trophy threatens to sour the celebrations a little bit.

Player Awards

The following awards were given for the tournament:

Player of the Tournament
  •  Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso)
Tournament Top Scorer/Golden Boot Award
  •  Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria, 4 goals) – won on goals + assists
Fair Player of the Tournament
  •  Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Goal of the tournament
  •  Youssef Msakni (Tunisia) vs. Algeria

Team of the Tournament

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria) Bakary Koné (Burkina Faso)
Nando (Cape Verde)
Efe Ambrose (Nigeria)
Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso)
Wakaso Mubarak (Ghana)
Seydou Keita (Mali)
John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)
Victor Moses (Nigeria)
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)
Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria)

Match Reactions

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria coach

“Winning this tournament is for my nation. When I came on board over a year and a half ago, I wanted to make Nigerians happy.
“I hope more African coaches will be given more responsibility to lead their countries. There is a lot of potential in this team but we need to be patient. I’m so, so proud of what we have achieved in this team.
“I’m an optimist, I never think negative. We came here to win the captain – I told my captain that we coming here to win this trophy and he didn’t believe me. Today we have won.”

Joseph Yobo, Nigeria captain

“I would like to thank the All Mighty, this is a dream come true. I have been in six Africa Cup of Nations and this is my last tournament. I’m obviously very happy and proud to be in this team.”

Paul Put, Burkina Faso coach

“Nobody was expecting us to go this far, I think it was the way we were playing, it was wonderful.
“There is still a long way to go for Burkina Faso but the future is bright. We might think we have arrived but we have a long way to go.”

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