Best Player - Victor Moses - Nigeria
Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa may have won the official CAF award but Chelsea’s Victor Moses, the man who arrived in South Africa with some questioning his true international allegiances after previously turning out for England Under-21s, had a fantastic tournament.
Inventive, creative, full of pace and direct running, a real genuine goal threat - almost every defence present at the tournament ...More
In the end there was to be no fairy tale victory for the second Africa Cup of Nations in succession. After Zambia shocked the Ivory Coast in last year’s edition of the tournament, there were many who were hoping that Burkina Faso could spring a similar surprise over a Nigeria side that were the clear favourites following their defeats of Didier Drogba’s Ivorians and then Mali, who would eventually defeat Ghana to finish in third place, ...More
Nigeria go into to Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso looking to claim their third tournament title. The Super Eagles may well be considered favourites but will be wary of the momentum their West African near neighbours have built, culminating in a semi-final victory over Ghana. The two teams met in a close Group C fixture, resulting in a draw following an injury time equalizer for the Burkinabes.
For Burkina Faso, simply reaching the final of South Africa 2013 is history in the making. The Burkinabe had previously only reached last four of the Africa Cup of Nations once, on home soil in 1998, and though many observers were aware of the talent that lies in Paul Pot’s squad, it remains a huge shock to see the Stallions in the final ahead of traditional continental powerhouses Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
The Burkinabe will certai...More
For the second Africa Cup of Nations running, the 3rd/4th place play-off will be contested between Mali and Ghana. While reaching this stage once more is a major achievement for both sides, particularly the Malians who are looking to repeat last year’s victory in the play-off, both nations will surely be feeling a huge sense of disappointment no matter who wins on Saturday night.
For Mali, there will certainly be a feeling that havi...More
Mali take on Nigeria at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban in the first of two all West African semi-finals in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, the victor going on to face either Ghana or Burkina Faso in the final.
The Eagles of Mali will be looking for a first final since they were runners-up in 1972, their best performance to date, and will be loath to go out at the same stage as at last year’s tournament. Nigeria’s Super Eagles,...More
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