Nigeria Wins the African Cup of Nations 2013
Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 to claim the Africa Cup of Nations title for a third time in the final on Sunday night after a period of 19 years. Sunday Mba’s 40th minute fired the Super Eagles ahead with a fantastic volley five minutes before the break after a period of pressure from Burkina Faso. A well deserved triumph and a vindication of Stephen Keshi as coach.
Nigeria were hot favourites ahead of the match against Burkina Faso who were competing in their first final. Nigeria’s win means coach Keshi becomes only the second man to win the cup as coach and player, following the footsteps of Egyptian Mahmoud Al Gohari.
President Jonathan was overjoyed at the stunning victory of the Super Eagles which saw Nigeria emerge as the champions of the African Cup of Nations in 2013 since 1994. He congratulated the Super Eagles stating that this was obviously the year of Nigeria and her emergence as a beacon of hope on the African continent by proving to Africa and the world that a strong Nigerian team put together and trained by a Nigerian coach can stand the test of time and successfully rise to the challenge.
According to Jonathan, “the Nigerian spirit stands strong and steady as the people match to the destination of greatness”.