Premium Times (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria/Ghana: Eaagles Defeat Black Stars to Face Super Eagles for Nations Cup Trophy

The Stallions of Burkina Faso Wednesday night made history to qualify for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for the very first time as they edged favourites Ghana in a penalty shoot-out, 3-2, after battling to a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.

Ghana got the lead from the penalty spot in the 13th minute as Mubarak Wakaso again converted a soft penalty kick awarded to the Black Stars. It was Wakaso's fourth goal of the competition and his third converted penalty.

The Stallions, who have turned out to be the surprise package at this year's tournament sending out the likes of Zambia, fought back and were back on level terms as Aristides Bance, later voted man of the match, was on target in the 60th minute.

Tunisian referee, Slim Jidi, made a lot of questionable calls on the night, the height being the sending off of the star forward, Jonathan Pitroipa, for alleged simulation when replays showed the striker was actually fouled and he should have gotten a penalty.

In the ensuing penalty kick after 120 minutes, Burkina Faso missed a kick while Ghana missed two kicks which effectively put paid to the latter's ambition of joining Nigeria in a dream final.

The Black Stars are thus condemned to a loser's final against Mali.

The stage is now set for the final where the Super Eagles and the Stallions of Burkina Faso will battle it out inside the DFB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday February 10 to determine who will be African Champions.

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