Sunday Mba of Nigeria celebrates his goal during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from the National Stadium on Februray 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sunday Mba of Nigeria celebrates his goal during the 2013 Orange African Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from the National Stadium on Februray 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Lee Warren - Getty Images

Sunday strike seals Nigeria's cup win

NIGERIA coach Stephen Keshi says his team is still a work in progress despite it winning the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Burkino Faso at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, yesterday.

Keshi, whose selection policy was widely questioned before the tournament began, was delighted with the success but said there was still a long way to go before the Super Eagles get to where he wants the team to be.

"Winning this is mainly for my nation," he said after the game.

"When I came on board a year and a half ago my dream was to make all Nigerians happy, and to construct a great Nigerian team.

"We are not there yet, it's still in process."

The Nigerians were the overwhelming favourites to take the African Cup of Nations and they did so thanks to a super strike from Sunday Mba.

They made the breakthrough just before half-time when Mba clipped the ball over Mohamed Koffi and then volleyed into the far corner. Burkina Faso almost equalised when Wilfried Sanou forced a fingertip save from Vincent Enyeama.

But it was a deserved win as Nigeria beat a tired-looking opponent in its maiden final.

It was Nigeria's first African Cup of Nations success since 1994 and Keshi is only the second man to lift the trophy as a player and as a coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary.



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