Champions At Last, See How Nigeria Stunned The Continent To Claim Its Third AFCON Title

The 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations Have Come And Gone But The Memories Still Lingers In The Mind Of Nigerians Who Have Waited Since 1994 To Be Champions Of Africa,Prior To The 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations,The Super Eagles Had Not Qualified For The Previous Edition Of The Nations Cup,Nigeria Was a Footballing Giant Only On Paper,Hence When The National Team Departed For The Nations Cup In South Africa,Nobody Gave Them Any Chance,But The Late Stephen Keshi Managed To Pull Off a Miracle

Paired In Group C Alongside The Defending Champions Zambia,Burkina Faso and Ethiopia,The Group Looks Easy To Scale Through For The Super Eagles,The First Match Against Burkina Faso Was a Tightly Contested Affair,After Nigerian Had Taken The Lead Through Emmanuel Emenike,Burkina Faso's Traore Equalised With Some Few Minutes To Go

The Second Group Match Against The Defending Champions Zambia Was an Even Tighter Affair,Emenike Scored His Second Goal Of The Tournament To Give Nigeria The Lead But The Ghost Of Conceding Late Goals Came Back To Haunt The Super Eagles As Zambia Equalised With a Penalty Kick With Just Few Minutes Remaining,The Last Group Match Against Ethiopia Is a Must Win,If They Must Go To The Next Stage Of The Tournament

John Obi Mikel In Action Against Ethiopia

The Ethiopians Proved To Be a Hard Nut To Crack,Nigeria Have a Worse Booking Record Than The Zambians Hence A Draw Would Have Meant Zambia Go Through But Victor Moses Saved The Day As Nigeria Ran Out 2-0 Winners To Progress To The Quarter Finals Where Pre Tournament Favorites Ivory Coast Awaits

Victor Moses Celebrates His Goal Against Ethiopia

The Ivory Coast Team Is By Far The Best Team In The Tournament,Boasting Of Proven Stars Like Didier Drogba,Kolo and Yaya Toure,Didier Zokora,Wilfred Bony,Kalou,Gervinho and Eboue,They Are Well Stocked In Every Department,Hence When News Filtered In That Nigeria Is Facing Ivory Coast In The Next Round,Everybody Believed The Tournament Of The Super Eagles Is Over Perhaps On Paper

Soon After The Tussle Began and The Elephants Threw Everything They Had At The Super Eagles,But On The Brink Of Half Time,It Was The Super Eagles That Struck First Through Emenike,The Striker's Powerful Shot Beat Barry The Ivory Coast Goalkeeper As Nigeria Led 1-0 Into Halftime

Emenike Opened The Scoring Against The Elephants

The Second Half Started And The Ivorians Equalised Through Cheick Tiote After Heading Home Didier Drogba's Free Kick,But As Fate Would Have It,Sunday Mba's Deflected Shot Off Sol Bamba Found Its Way Into The Net Of The Elephants And Nigeria Has Just Pulled One Of The Biggest Surprises Of The Tournament,They are in To The Last Four Where a Well Composed Malian Side Awaits

Sunday Mba Scored Against The Elephants

Nigeria Celebrate The Victory Over Ivory Coast

It Seems The Victory Over The Ivorians Boosted The Morale Of The Super Eagles As They Crushed The Malian Opponent 4-1,Emenike Struck Again With Goals From Echejile,Ideye and Musa While Keita Scored The Lone Goal For The Malians,The Super Eagles Are In High Spirits To Crush Anybody They Meet In The Finals But The Burkina Faso Team Have Also Pulled Off Surprises Too,Knocking Out Ghana And Togo Enroute To The Finals,It Is Now Or Never For Nigeria

Onazi In Action Against The Malians

Keshi And His Team Celebrate The Victory Over The Mali National Team

Jonathan Pitroipa and His Colleague Bance Have Proved To Be Giant Killers In The Tournament Thus Far

Bance

All Is Set For The Finals

The Super Eagles Have Played Burkina Faso In The Group Stages So They Are Not New,Burkina Faso Seems Resilient as They Defended So Well,Blocking Everything Victor Moses And Co Threw At Them,40 Minutes Was All The Super Eagles Needed As Sunday Mba Volleyed Shot Gave The Super Eagles The Lead,The Lone Goal Proved Enough To Make Nigeria Africa Champions For The Third Time As The Burkina Faso Coach Would Later Concede That His Team Accorded The Super Eagles Too Much Respect

Sunday Mba Celebrates After Scoring The Winner

Worthy Champions

It Was A Fitting Goodbye To Joseph Yobo Who Had Just Played His Last Game For The National Team,It Has Been Seven Years Now,But The Memories Lives On

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