FT: Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 0

It's all over here at the National Stadium as Nigeria are crowned 2013 AFCON champions after defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 thanks to that Sunday Mba goal. What a game what a tournament what a privilege to have witnessed it all, thank you for joining us and good night...

Desperate defending here from Nigeria as Enyeama finally gets his gloves to the ball.

Dagano wastes a good chance with an over hit free-kick...

Ideye booked for handball.

Anywhere will do for Nigeria as Omeruo hoofs the ball into the stands.

There will be four minutes of added time...

Abdoulrazak Traore replaces Djakaridja Kone.

Joseph Yobo replaces Sunday Mba.

Burkina Faso again contrive to give the ball away in their own box but Ideye is just beaten to the ball by Diakite.

Musa goes on a super run down the left and delivers a good low cross to no one but Koffi's poor touch allows Ideye to sneak in but he can't finish from close range.

Moumouni Dagano replaces Moumouni Dagano for Burkina Faso.

Ideye lifts his effort over the wall and well over the goal...

Koulibaly gives Nigeria a free-kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Ideye. Can they add to their lead...?

Ideye feeds Mba just outside the box who lets rip with a shot that flies high and wide.

Great pass from Kabore but Nakoulma is again offside.

Sanou then forces a world-class save from Enyeama at the other end that was sneaking in at the back post...

Musa falls at the crucial moment in the Burkina Faso box just as he looked to pick up a neat through pass from Ambrose.

But their are certainly raising their game and win a succession of corners that Nigeria are struggling to deal with...Ambrose heads clear the third corner allowing the Super Eagles to break.

Kabore swings in a free-kick from the right that is easily cleared.

Kabore wins a free-kick off of Oshaniwa who is booked for his troubles.

Juwon Oshaniwa replaces the injured Uwa Echiejile.

Moses goes on another marauding run but can't find a teammate with his cross from wide right.

Wilfried Sanou replaces Florent Rouamba for Burkina Faso.

Djakaridja Kone smashes a shot well wide of the target from 35 yards.

Some great football there from Nigeria as the ball eventually breaks to Onazi who drives into the box before being well tackled by Rouamba.

Bance gets a header on target from the subsequent free-kick but Enyeama makes an easy save.

Mikel is booked for a for a foul on Pitroipa.

Some good work from Nakoulma earns Burkina Faso a corner but the ball is overhit as Rouamba tries to get his header in at the back post - and Nigeria break through Moses - but he delays hit pass and eventually shoot into a number of defenders, with the ball finding its way into the hands of Diakite.

Ahmed Musa replaces the ineffective Ikechukwu Uche.

Disappointing cross from Bance after taking the ball down well from a Charles Kabore pass.

Moses does brilliantly to drive across the big box before feeling Ideye who turns his man expertly and drives a shot from almost on the goal-line across the face of goal...

It's Nigeria in the ascendancy but while they look comfortable in possession, they are creating very little so far...

Burkina Faso kick us off...

The two teams are back on the field ahead of the second half...

The referee has brought this intriguing first half to a close with Nigeria edging their opponents 1-0 thanks to Sunday Mba's great finish...

Mba can't find the target this time as he fires over from a central position on the edge of the box.

Rouamba releases Pitroipa down the left but for once the player's touch alludes him and the ball is stolen from him without so much as a stare in anger...

Bance shows his skill and power once again as he brings the ball down on his chest on the edge of the box, but his accuracy is lacking as he can't keep his shot on target.

A Gazza-esque finish from Mba who chipped the ball over Mohamed Koffi before powering the ball into the back of the net. Uche and Moses had combined well down the right and when the latter's shot was blocked, it broke to the goalscorer who needed no help before finishing well.


Bakary Kone is the target for the resultant free-kick, but he can't get his header on target at the back post.

Booking to Ogenyi Onazi for a foul on Saidou Panandetiguiri.

Nigeria have lost their way a bit and are not trying to break down Burkina Faso with long balls over the top.

Florent Rouamba is carded for upending Moses - but really it was for an accumulation of a number of fouls.

Ambrose runs a full 40 yards straight down the middle of the park but his ball to Moses is over hit...

Sensational stuff from Ideye to turn his man on the edge of the box before playing Uche but his touch again lets his down and the ball runs through to the keeper.

Free-kick to Burkina Faso for a foul by Godfrey Oboabona on Prejuce Nakoulma - Bance hits a low shot just wide of Vincent Enyeama's left-hand post.

Burkina Faso are just frustrating Nigeria here who can't seem to get into any rhythm in attack.

Bance tries his luck on the turn having brought the ball down on his chest but he skies his effort over the target.

Diakite has to be quick to get to a stinging low cross from the left from Moses who shifted up a gear to easily beat two defenders out wide on the left.

Let off for Burkina Faso there are Nigeria can't make the most of a misdirected backheel from Koulibaly just outside his side's box.

Super ball from John Obi Mikel to Ideye inside the box but his first touch lets him down and the chance is lost.

Some good interplay there from the Stallions as Pitroipa Aristide Bance play a neat one-two before a second return pass to the striker inside the box is just overhit.

Nigeria are bossing the current midfield battle but just can't seem to make any headway forward...

Great through ball from Ambrose to Uche who is just offside inside the box.

Diakite almosts gifts Ideye an opening goal as he drops the ball in the box following the resultant set-piece but the Nigerian powers over the target from close range.

Good piece of skill from Victor Moses to keep a lost ball in play - he puts in a cross that is deflected out for a corner by Paul Koulibaly.

Super dive from Ideye gives Nigeria free-kick that Ambrose heads just over the target.

Nigeria win a corner but it's easy for Diakite who punches clear.

Ogenyi Onaz tries to play Ikechukwu Uche through on goal but his ball is easily cut out by Bakary Kone.

Despite a massive Nigerian support here at Soccer City, it seems the neutrals are favouring the Burkinabe...

There is a massive roar from the crowd as Jonathan Pitroipa gets on the ball but after driving over the half-way line is crowded out.

It's a composed start by the Super Eagles who knock the ball around their own half before Brown Ideye is released down the right - he feeds Efe Ambrose who tries to get in an early cross but his ball ends up in the arms of Daouda Diakite.

Nigeria get this 2013 AFCON final underway...

The anthems get a rousing response and we are now only minutes away from kick-off...

Once the formalities are out of the way, we can get down to business...

The two teams have emerged from the tunnel and are making their way onto the pitch...

Burkina Faso name the same starting XI that played in the victory over Ghana.

Team news is in and Nigeria have made one change with forward Ikechukwu Uche replacing the injured Emmanuel Emenike. But Chelsea's Victor Moses, who had an ankle injury, starts the match.

Nigeria, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of strike duo Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses, the former currently the top scorer at this year's AFCON with four goals, while the latter has two.

The decision comes as a timely one for the Stallions, who are without top-scorer Alain Traore through injury.

A massive boost for Burkina Faso is the availability of Jonathan Pitroipa after CAF rescinded the red card shown against the Black Stars, leaving the in-form playmaker eligible for selection.

That result came on the back of their inspired 2-1 win over pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast in the last-eight, while they also went unbeaten in Group C, following up their 1-1 draw against the Copper Bullets with a 2-0 win over Ethiopia.

The Super Eagles, two-time continental kings, cruised past their last-four clash against Mali, smashing home four goals to romp to a 4-1 win.

Paul Put's men also dispatched Togo in the quarter-finals, while their progression past the group stages was secured by a goalless draw against defending champions Zambia after they had previously pummeled Ethiopia 4-0.

This clash marks the second time the sides have met in the South African showpiece, having played out a 1-1 draw in their Group C opener.

The Burkinabes, perhaps more so, have surprised observers to get to this stage, and they make history with their first-ever appearance at the tournament's showpiece encounter, having seen off one of the favourites Ghana on penalties in this week's semi-final.

Nigeria and Burkina Faso have both defied the odds to secure their place at the National Stadium in Johannesburg in a match that will decide the champions of the 2013 AFCON.

16 teams entered the continental championships but just two sides remain...

Good evening and welcome to our live commentary of the Africa Cup of Nations final...


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