After 19 years, Nigeria's Super Eagles, on Sunday regained its leadership of African football, defeating Burkina Faso in a well-fought final of the African Nations Cup in South Africa.
The Eagles stayed through with a first-half goal from midfielder, Sunday Mba, frustrating advances from the Stallions of Burkina Faso, and never giving up trying for more goals.
The win is Nigeria's third after taking the title in 1980 and 1994.
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Stephen Keshi brings glory to Nigeria and makes history as the first African to lift the trophy twice, first as a player and as a coach.
Nigeria lifts the trophy!!! Wild jubilation in the pitch.
NIGERIA is champion of African football this year!!!
Burkina Faso looks like they have lost their last chance to extend their bid for the cup.
Yellow card for Ideye, for a handball.
4′ added on to the second half.
Razack, an attacker on for Traore, a defender. Burkina Faso looking to salvage the game.
Sunday MBA, the goal scorer is off for Joseph Yobo, the Nigerian captain.
Yobo is coming on.
Ambrose is down. Three minutes to go.
Nigeria in terrible unbelievable misses in front of post.
Burkina Faso pushing hard, time is running out. Nigeria leads by 1-0
Ideye shoots wide, not anywhere near the woodworks.
A chance for Nigeria to insure their lead. Ideye brought down at the edge of Burkina Faso goal area.
MBA looking for a second goal, shoots wide.
"All we are saying, give us more goals!" The Nigerian fans demand in chants.
75′ Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
Nigeria under pressure from Burkina Faso. Three corners in a row. A strike from Sanou is deflected narrowly by Enyeama.
Oshaniwa awarded card for rough tackle on Kaboure of Burkina Faso.
Oshaniwa replaces injured Echiejile for Nigeria.
Echiejile in tears as he is wheeled off the pitch. End of tournament it is for the injured player. He will be replaced.
Echiejile down. To be stretched off the pitch
Nigeria missing too many chances. Pitriopa gets a free kick against Nigeria, at the edge of the goal area. Kick taken and defended.
Pitriopa back on the pitch, leads a failed counter attack on the Nigerian defence.
Omerou gets a yellow card for a foul on Pitriopa, Burkina Faso's star player. He is treated on the field and a complain by Mikel Obi is greeted with a yellow card.
Victor Moses with a chance to insure Nigeria's goal with a second. A face to face with the goalkeeper, and he misses the chance.
Corner kick to Nigeria. A Victor Moses effort.
A narrow miss for Nigeria, an intelligent pass from Ideye is wasted by distant Ike Uche. Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
The Nigerian defenders have managed to ensure they are not bamboozled by Bance's macho build.
Second half starts.
Burkina Faso to kick off the second half.
Burkina Faso was Nigeria's first opponent in this tournament. They came from a one goal down lead to equalise at the last minute of that match. For Nigeria, the resilience of the Burkina Faso player is not new, but can they stand it today? The next 45 minutes will show.
First half ends.
MBA with a second chance but shoots wide from the goal area.
Burkina Faso changes strategy, now all out for an equaliser. Bancroft is the spot man, but has shown high inaccuracy at kicks.
41′ Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso.
Sunday MBA scores his second goal for Nigeria in the tournament. A brilliant display of three kick, saw Sunday, a home based player, shatter the Burkina Faso Defence.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!! Nigeria scores.
The pitch for the AFCON 2013 final match is not the best the tournament offered. It is patchy and sandy. Nigerian Onazi picks up a yellow card.
Nigeria back in the game, but Burkina Faso defence is a hard nut to crack.
Rouamba awarded a yellow card for a rough tackle on Nigeria's Victor Moses.
Burkina Faso is rising into the match as Nigeria begins to loose up front.
Bance on it! He shoots wide again. Two attempts in three minutes.
Burkina Faso with a free kick just outside the Nigerian goal area.
24′ Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso.
Bance with the chance, oh! He shoots wide.
Another attempt from Victor Moses smartly blocked by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.
Victor Moses everywhere on the pitch. The pressure is on, Nigeria dominating at the moment.
Victor Moses playing comfortably well despite injury scare in the build up to the match.
Onazi off for treatment after a collision with Burkina Faso Nakoulma.
Ike Uche offside on a fantastic pass from Efe Ambrose. He was split second too early on the run.
Ideye misses a shot at goal after the Burkina Faso goalkeeper loosely competed for an aerial corner kick. It was a narrow miss.
Nigeria increasing pressure, gets second corner kick of the match.
Rouamba fouls Nigerian Ideye a distance away from the goal area, free kick taken and headed wide by Efe Ambrose.
Nigeria gets the first corner of the game. Taken, and punched away by the Burkina Faso goalkeeper.
Ike Uche started ahead of Emenike.
The match is well attended. David Mark, Nigeria's senate president was among the dignitaries who shook hands with players before the match commenced 4′ ago.
Nigeria in green, Burkina Faso playing in white.
Teams out, receiving handshakes from FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, Jacob Zuma, and CAF president, Isa Hayatou.
Referee: Haimoudi Djamel from Algeria.