After 23 days, 31 matches, 16 teams, Nigeria defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 to claim the Africa Cup of Nations title. Sunday Mba’s 40th minute strike saw Nigeria win a third AFCON title, and the first since 1994. Nigeria were the first to get into the game, but a well coordinated midfield of Burkina Faso denied Nigeria some chances.
After Victor Moses saw his shot blocked, Sunday Mba got to it and on a defender, then struggled to put his feet at the ball to break the deadlock in the 40th minute, and to see Nigeria go into the break with a 1-0 score line. At the resumption of the second half, Burkina Faso showed much strength, and gained three corners in a row, but could not make good use of them.
Nigeria got on the counter, and Moses set up Ahmed Musa who was introduced for Ike Uche, but Musa had already fell on the pitch to waste Moses’s effort. Burkina Faso had a chance, and substitute Sanou’s shot was parried by Vincent Enyeama to ensure Nigeria stay on the lead. With ten minutes remaining, Burkina Faso kept the threat on Nigeria half, but the midfield and defense of Nigeria were up to the task to avert any damage.
Four minutes was added on, after Nigeria had missed many chances at the end of regulation time, but the Super Eagles held on to win a third nations cup trophy.