Africa Cup of Nations final as it happened

Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg, South Africa.

10 February 2013 Last updated at 20:54 GMT

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  1. 2048: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
    Nigeria hold trophy

    So, that is that. Another Africa Cup of Nations comes to an end. Nigeria struggled in the group stages, but they peaked at the right time. A well deserved triumph for the Super Eagles after 19 years of misery.

    Thanks for all the tweets, texts and messages over the weeks.

    From me and my colleagues - goodnight.

  2. 2041: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Captain Joseph Yobo picks up the Africa Cup of Nations trophy. Golden confetti springs up from behind the team on stage. Let the party begin.

  3. 2040: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Aye! Aye! Some of the players are wearing 'Nigeria Champions of Africa' T-shirts. Er... they were printed in quick time.

  4. 2039: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    The Nigeria players and staff are ready to collect their medals and the Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

  5. 2036: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    The Burkina Faso players go up to pick up their losers' medals. They also get a trophy, which is nice.

  6. 2034: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    The trophy presentation is about to begin. The Confederation of African Football flag has been handed to a representative from Morocco, who will be hosting the competition in 2015.

  7. 2031: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is being carried around the pitch on the shoulders of his backroom staff. He's a big lad.

  8. 2028: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    The Nigeria players, in true championship-winning fashion, are running around the pitch carrying their country's flag. In contrast, Burkina Faso's Paul Koulibaly is in tears.

  9. 2027: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Ulli Maier on Facebook: "It's getting quiet here in Banfora, Burkina Faso. The whole day was so exciting for the locals with cheering, screaming, people running around painted in national colours, but now they are already in a sort of shock...."

  10. 2026: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "There are some people heading for the exits here - not the Nigerian fans, who I think are in for a long night. A colleague is staying in the same hotel as the team - don't think he'll get much sleep to be honest."

  11. 2025: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Ifeloluwa Sulaiman ‏on Twitter: "Yipeeee! We won it!"

    Simon Tariq ‏on Twitter: "Gonna be some mad party in Nigeria."

    Feyera Aga Hirpa ‏on Twitter: "Nigeria tried hard to throw away this game by missing some great chances. But they deserved to win."

  12. 2024:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Overall Nigeria were the better team today. They were more active and scored a beautiful goal, and Burkina Faso never really troubled them. Congratulations, Nigeria."

  13. 2022: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
    Nigeria celebrate

    Stephen Keshi captained Nigeria to the 1994 title now he has coached the Super Eagles to their third Africa Cup of Nations title. In all truth, they were rarely troubled. It seemed a step to far for Burkina Faso - but what a tournament they had.

  14. 2022: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- NIGERIA WIN THE 2013 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
  15. 2021: 
    FULL-TIME- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
  16. 2019: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Brown Ideye picks up yellow for handball. It's a free-kick for Burkina from 35 yards. Can they? No. Substitute Moumouni Dagano smashes over the bar - a foolish decision.

  17. 2019: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria are very much in 'hoof the ball clear' territory.

  18. 2018: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Owaseye ‏on Twitter: "Sunday Mba for President!"

    Ibramovic Ibrashwizy ‏on Twitter: "Minister of Defence, Joseph Yobo, ON!"

    Os Bee on Twitter: "How many chances would it take for Nigeria's second goal to come?"

  19. 2017: 
    INJURY TIME- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    There are four minutes of added time.

  20. 2017:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Nigeria have had two wonderful clear-cut chances, but they missed both. That keeps Burkina Faso's hopes alive."

  21. 2016: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria's goalscorer Sunday Mba is replaced by ex-Everton defender Joseph Yobo.

  22. 2015: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    There are only two minutes of normal time remaining. Burkina need a miracle.

  23. 2014: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria twice go close to scoring inside a minute. Victor Moses goes close from two yards but he's denied by keeper Daouda Diakite then Brown Ideye fails to get on the end of a ball across goal.

  24. 2013: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Edu-Imeofon Bank-John Ibanga on Facebook: "Can Nigeria hold on???"

    Ighalo Nicholas on Facebook: "As a Nigerian, I fear what happens next to this crop of Nigerian players after this tournament. Maintenance culture and continuity is key for the World Cup..."

    Abdurahman Jama on Facebook: "Sunday Mba's goal was good but for me Alain Traore wonder strike against Ethiopia was the goal of the tournament."

  25. 2013: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Paul Koulibaly comes off to be replaced by Burkina Faso's record goalscorer Moumouni Dagano.

  26. 2011: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    It's all a bit subdued inside Soccer City. Burkina Faso just look devoid of ideas. Nigeria are cruising at the moment,

  27. 2010: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "A chant goes up from the Nigeria fans 'All we are saying, give us more goals!'"

  28. 2009: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Kunle Abioye, Lagos via text on +44 77 86 20 50 75: "Sitting in a bar in Lagos enjoying our match. If we pull this of I'm buying everyone @ the BBC a bottle."

    Atylerry, Houston, Texas via text on +44 77 86 20 50 75: "Sunday Mba for President! Anyone?"

  29. 2005: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Just before that Sanou chance, Nigeria concocted the move of the match when Victor Moses broke and played a great ball to Ahmed Musa, who was clear eight yards from goal - unfortunately for the Super Eagles, the substitute fell over before the pass reached him.

  30. 2003:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Burkina are slowly getting their passing game going..."

  31. 2002: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Tim Konyehi on Twitter: "My heart is beating and beating and beating! Go Super Eagles!"

    Feyera Aga Hirpa ‏on Twitter: "Nigeria are playing with more purpose, albeit missing their chances."

    Will Moores on Twitter: "Can you really see Burkina Faso getting anything out of this? I can't."

  32. 2002: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Vincent Enyeama keeps the score at 1-0 by making a superb save to prevent Wilfried Sanou's angled drive from going in.

  33. 1957: 
    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Sub Juwon Oshaniwa is booked for a foul on Prejuce Nakoulma.

  34. 1956: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "The crowd tonight really don't like silly mistakes. There's a lot of booing every time either side makes an unforced error."

  35. 1956: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    This pitch is terrible. Players are finding it hard to judge what weight to put on their passes. It's the final for pity's sake!

  36. 1953: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Juwon Oshaniwa replaces Nigeria team-mate Elderson Echiejile, who, as it turns out, was crocked.

  37. 1952: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina's Florent Rouamba is replaced by Wilfried Sanou.

  38. 1951: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria's Elderson Echiejile is on the deck - I didn't quite see what happened. He looks OK but they've brought the stretcher on.

  39. 1948:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Nigeria are dropping deeper and playing strong defensive lines. They are waiting for Burkina Faso to make a mistake on the ball before launching a counter attack."

  40. 1946: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    After all that Burkina have a free-kick from 40 yards. It arrives at the head of Aristide Bance, who directs his effort into the hands of Vincent Enyeama.

  41. 1943: 
    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Kenneth Omeruo is shown yellow for a foul on Burkina's Jonathan Pitroipa. John Obi Mikel receives yellow too for arguing with referee Djamel Haimoudi.

  42. 1943: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Julius Mbau on Facebook: "Nigeria need two more goals to kill the game and seal their win."

    Biruk Getachew Legesse Ynwa on Facebook: "Burkina, as I've sees them throughout the tournament, are unpredictable till the last second."

    Ighalo Nicholas on Facebook: "Anxiously waiting for the next Fifa world rankings in the aftermath of this game. Gracious Sepp Blatter is watching live..."

  43. 1941: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso
    Nigeria's Victor Moses

    I have been talking up Victor Moses but he made a poor decision by not passing to a Nigeria team-mate after running 40 yards into the Burkina area.

  44. 1941: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Ikechukwu Uche's final is over - he comes off for Nigeria's Ahmed Musa.

  45. 1939: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso still haven't mounted anything resembling an attack. They need fresh ideas.

  46. 1937:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Very nice play from Victor Moses, and it was very hard for Ideye to score from there. It would have been a better option to cut the ball back but he tried his luck. The keeper had it covered."

  47. 1936: 
    CLOSE!- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    More great play from Nigeria's Victor Moses. He moves up a gear, loses his marker then plays in Brown Ideye, who fires a shot from a very tight angle across goal. It might have got a touch from Burkina keeper Daouda Diakite en route.

  48. 1931: 
    KICK-OFF- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso get the second half under way.

  49. 1930: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Was Sunday Mba's strike your goal of the tournament? Tweet us your suggestion using the hashtag #bbcafcon

  50. 1927: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Peter Jupp on Twitter: "Sunday Mba really loves scoring on Sundays..."

    Belete Eshetea on Twitter: "Sunday Mba's first touch was Wilshere-like. A fully-deserved lead to Nigeria."

    Efoagui Nedu on Twitter: "I have a feeling that Sunday Mba won't be playing in the Nigeria premier league next season..."

  51. 1924: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

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  52. 1922:  
    BBC's Lee James on 5 live sports extra

    "You could really see where the pockets of Nigeria supporters are inside this stadium when Sunday Mba scored his goal. Parts of the ground erupted, flares went off and the smoke drifted into the Johannesburg sky."

  53. 1920: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    What did you make of that? It's not that Nigeria necessarily deserved the lead, but they did look more threatening. Burkina's forwards Jonathan Pitroipa, Aristide Bance and Prejuce Nakoulma have not shone yet. Their coach Paul Put needs to deliver one heck of a half-time speech.

  54. 1918: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Efosa Obarisiagbon on Facebook: "Forget Odemwingie Mr Harry, Mba's your escape route. Is it now too late?"

  55. 1918: 
    HALF-TIME- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Sunday, brilliant Sunday gives Nigeria the half-time lead. Sorry, that was very Partridge.

  56. 1916: 
    Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    We have two minutes of stoppage time.

  57. 1915: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    Adedayo Bamgbose on Twitter: "Sunday Mba, wonderful skill. Just splendid."

    S Bayero on Twitter: "Wow! From a boring match comes a beautiful goal."

    Olayinka on Twitter: "Great composure by Mba to tuck it in. The keeper had no chance!"

  58. 1914: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "Noise levels among those wearing green and white has just increased. It wasn't just among the fans, there was cheering from quite a few journalists sat around me who seemed to forget their impartiality."

  59. 1913:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso

    "It was a great finish from Sunday Mba. Under pressure he took it well. An outstanding finish, with two defenders around him. And psychologically that's a terrible moment for Burkina Faso to concede, five minutes before half-time. Now they have to attack, whereas Nigeria can defend."

  60. 1909: 
    GOAL- Nigeria 1-0 Burkina Faso - Sunday Mba (40 mins)

    What a brilliant goal from Sunday Mba. Victor Moses's shot from inside the area is blocked by the Burkina defence. The ball comes out to the Enugu Rangers player, who flicks it past one defender before poking his strike past keeper Daouda Diakite.

    Nigeria goalscorer Sunday Mba
  61. 1908: 
    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Ogenyi Onanzi steps on Jonathan Pitroipa's foot and receives Nigeria's first yellow card for his efforts.

  62. 1905: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    I have just had this pointed out by my colleague Piers Edwards, who says that the last four finals have produced just two goals. Very much #justsaying

  63. 1903: 
    YELLOW CARD- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina's Florent Rouamba goes in the book after bringing down Victor Moses.

  64. 1902: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    There are less that 15 minutes until half-time. Apart from one half and one three-quarters of a chance created by Nigeria, both teams are still trying to settle into a rhythm.

  65. 1901: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria's Sunday Mba plays in fellow forward Ikechukwu Uche, but the Villarreal man's touch is too heavy.

  66. 1859: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    King Richard Makasi Lungile on Facebook: "I am proud of my country for hosting such prestigious tournament."

    Bano Kinyanjui Wa Wanjiru on Facebook: "Moses has been good, but Pitroipa for me has been the best player so far. Let's wait and see his impact in this final."

    Opeyemi Hordunaryour Apesin on Facebook: "I wish the Super Eagles the best of luck tonight - I can't eat, I'm so nervous!"

  67. 1858: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    It's that man Aristide Bance again. This time the Augsburg forward fizzes a 25-yard free-kick about two yards wide.

  68. 1855: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Burkina Faso's coach Paul Put has had a controversial career. BBC's Piers Edwards focuses on the man from Belgium on the BBC African Football page.

    Burkina coach Paul Put
  69. 1855: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Simon Peter on Twitter: "This final looks like a friendly!"

    Shobowale Oludare on Twitter: "Nigeria has scored first in all their games, today should not be different."

    Aleks Klosok on Twitter: "Pitroipa's return is a huge boost for Burkina Faso but Kabore is the key man for me: experience and discipline personified."

  70. 1855: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    I guess it was a chance for Burkina Faso. Forward Aristide Bance, a star performer in the semi-final against Ghana, turns and thunders in a strike from 20 yards that flies a few feet over the bar.

  71. 1850: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    More action in the Burkina area. Chelsea's flying winger Victor Moses motors down the left and fires in a low square ball that Daouda Diakite just about gathers.

  72. 1849: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    If you're wondering why the pitch in Soweto is not in the best state, it might be because the Red Hot Chili Peppers were playing there last weekend.

  73. 1846: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    "Nigeria have settled into this final a lot quicker than Burkina Faso - I wonder if they are trying to get to grips with a semi-decent pitch as opposed the disastrous surface in Nelspruit where they have played all their games so far?

    Nigeria v Burkina Faso

    "Judging by the noise from the first Burkina attack a lot of neutrals are supporting the Stallions."

  74. 1846: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    I'm just wondering if Nigeria will rue those misses? Burkina Faso's defence have ridden their luck at times in the tournament, but their attack is quite potent.

  75. 1843: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Dupe from Edmonton, Canada via text on +4477 86 20 50 75: "Can't believe I'm doing this. In church but still monitoring d Nigerian match. May God forgive me and hope the Eagles justify my reason 4 doing this."

  76. 1842: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Daniel Lho-m'thudzi Nyirenda on Facebook: "African football is the greatest, man there is talent here. We were born to play with passion."

    Paul Moses on Facebook: "A lot didn't believe that Nigeria could've been here. They have put smiles on our faces and are making me proud."

    Saara Amupolo on Facebook: "I support both Nigeria and Burkina Faso, and today I don't know what to do!"

  77. 1839: 
    CLOSE!- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    What a chance for Nigeria! A corner is played to the far side of the area before it's headed back into the danger zone. Burkina keeper Daouda Diakite fails to claim cleanly, allowing Brown Ideye a shot on goal - his effort flies over the bar from eight yards.

  78. 1838:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    "Ambrose as a centre-back did very well there, with good jumping power and a good header. He only just missed it."

  79. 1837: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria have a free-kick after Brown Ideye goes to ground. Should that have been given? Efe Ambrose has a free header from 12 yards, but sends his effort over. A golden chance for the Super Eagles.

  80. 1835: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Nigeria's Ikechukwu Uche tries to beat the offside trap, but he goes a touch too early after Brown Ideye tries to play him in.

  81. 1834: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Tola on Twitter: "Full stadium in Johannesburg! Fantastic!"

    James Maingi on Twitter: "I so want a Burkina Faso to win. They have come so far."

    Norman Dean Stewart on Twitter: "My girlfriend is in Burkina Faso with work. What a night she will have if they actually win."

  82. 1833:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    "These two teams played against each other two weeks ago in a 1-1 draw, and though Nigeria were the better team Burkina got the points at the end of the day. But everybody's talking about Nigeria being the better team with the bigger players."

  83. 1832: 
    Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Chelsea's John Obi Mikel takes one in the stomach from Burkina Faso's Charles Kabore - but the Nigeria player seems OK.

  84. 1830:  
    Former Orlando Pirates keeper Lutz Pfannenstiel on 5 live sports extraNigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    "Emmanuel Emenike was a star performer in the first few games, but Nigeria have a good bench and they should be able to compensate for that loss for sure."

  85. 1829: 
    KICK-OFF- Nigeria 0-0 Burkina Faso

    Algeria referee Djamel Haimoudi gets the final under way.

  86. 1825: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    There are six minutes until the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off. The national anthems are being played inside Soccer City.

  87. 1824: 
    GET INVOLVED- Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Nick Stapleton on Twitter: "Looking forward to the AFCON final! Come on Burkina Faso! They'll be dancing on the streets of Ouagadougou tonight."

    Samuel Hodge on Twitter: "Saw Victor Moses' debut for Palace in '07. So proud of how he's developed. Always knew he'd make it. Shame Capello/Pearce didn't."

    Craig Paterson on Twitter: "Hope the late Rashidi Yekini gets a wee mention if Nigeria win this. Their all time top scorer & African Player of the Year 1993."

  88. 1824: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    The teams are being introduced to South Africa president Jacob Zuma and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. It's a noisy stadium. Guess what's making the most noise? That's right, those blinking vuvuzelas!

  89. 1822: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    There are 12 minutes until kick-off, but the crowd inside have already been treated to a dazzling closing ceremony.

    Closing ceremony

    Four Hawks fighter jets flew overhead and there was plenty of dancing and music, including the jazz pop sounds of South African act Mi Casa.

    Nigeria fans then erupted when their country's afro-beat star D'Banj took to the stage.

    Let's hope the match is as thriller.

  90. 1818:  
    BBC's Lee James on 5 live sports extra

    "We were told this would be a sell out, around 80,000. I can still see a number of empty orange seats..."

  91. 1816: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Wale Ibraheem, Edmonton, Canada on +4477 86 20 50 75: "I'm nervous. My hands are trembling as I'm composing this message. This is all because Nigeria is overwhelmingly favoured to win. I hope the Super Eagles can keep their composure as they did against the Ivorians and Malians."

  92. 1815: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    "It seems that Burkina Faso's Alain Traore was part of the warm-up and is named as a sub on the teamsheet despite being told his tournament was over after the group stages."

  93. 1815: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Bookies are usually right, with Nigeria clear favourites to win the final, but they might be proved wrong by a famed preacher.

    According to a report on French-language site Burkina 24, Mor Alim Kabore contacted the spirits in 1998 to find out whether Burkina Faso would win the tournament that year.

    He is understood to have said that the spirits correctly predicted Egypt would win, but that Burkina Faso would be victorious in 2013. Strange, because at that time the tournament was played in even-numbered years.

    Where's Mulder and Scully?

  94. 1810: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    A lot of people tweeting on Twitter using #bbcafcon to state that Victor Moses is their Africa Cup of Nations player of the tournament. Do you agree? Will he steal the show tonight?

  95. 1808: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter is in Jo'berg for the final. World football's head honcho had this to say when asked whether he would step down from his lofty position when his current term ends in 2015:

    "As far as 2015 is concerned, no-one can see into the future but I will fight for the reform of Fifa and I will fight to keep what Fifa is now, a federation of national associations and not a holding of confederations [who make decisions]. I will fight that until the last day of my mandate in 2015.

    "My mandate ends in 2015, if God gives me my health, and I know I have to stop but I don't know when I will stop."

    Thanks for clearing that up, Sepp.

  96. 1803: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Remember, you can share your thoughts with the BBC reporters and fellow fans via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), the LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

    You can also text 81111 (UK only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international).

    Don't be shy.

  97. 1757: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Burkina Faso coach Paul Put:

    "We are looking forward to facing one of the biggest footballing nations in Africa with so many top players in their team.

    "We are the underdogs, so for us it is already a victory to be in the final, and anything can happen in football, as we know.

    "We have seen a big progression in the Nigeria team since that first game, but our team has improved as well. I think we have matured since that first game - but the final will still be very tough. The two games won't have much in common."

  98. 1755: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Having played against Burkina Faso earlier in the tournament, it is no longer a journey into the unknown for Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi.

    "I think it is more beneficial, because we didn't know Burkina Faso before that game, and maybe they didn't know us," he said on the 1-1 draw.

    "But we have learnt from the mistakes we made in that game, and now have to prepare for the final accordingly."

  99. 1751: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    There are less than 40 minutes before kick-off, so time to read what the respective managers have had to say in the build-up.

  100. 1750: 
    LINE-UPS- Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Nigeria: Enyeama, Echiejile, Omeruo, Oboabona, Ambrose, Onanzi, Mikel, Mba, Moses, Ideye, Uche.

    Burkina Faso: Diakite, Koffi, Kone, Koulibaly, Panandetiguiri, Kone, Kabore, Rouamba, Nakoulma, Pitroipa, Bance.

    Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

  101. 1743: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Nigeria make just the one change with forward Ikechukwu Uche replacing the injured Emmanuel Emenike. Chelsea's Victor Moses, who had an ankle injury, starts.

    Burkina Faso name the same starting XI that played in the victory over Ghana.

  102. 1743: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Hands up those who thought Burkina Faso, a team from a small landlocked country in west Africa, would make the final? Not many hands.

    Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa

    Until this year Les Etalons (The Stallions) have not made much of an impact at the Cup of Nations ever since they first attempted to qualify in 1968.

    They did, as hosts, reach the semi-finals in 1998 only to go out to eventual champions Egypt.

    Belgian coach Paul Put, who managed Gambia for four years, has got the class of 2013 playing with confidence and great attacking verve as demonstrated in their semi-final victory over Ghana on penalties.

    It seemed that one of their key attackers Jonathan Pitroipa would miss the match having been handed a second yellow, then red for diving.

    However, Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi saw sense and contacted the Confederation of African Football and admitted he made a mistake.

    The midfielder's pace along with threat of forwards Aristide Bance of Augsburg and Gornik Zabrze's Prejuce Nakoulma should give Nigeria plenty of headaches.

  103. 1739: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    "Covers have now been removed from the pitch. The ceremony is over and the players will be out soon for their warm-ups. And while it's not cold here in Johannesburg, it has been warmer during the tournament."

  104. 1732: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    We've got tweets coming into #bbcafcon revealing your team of the tournament, player of the tournament and goal of the tournament.

    Belete Eshetea on Twitter: "Ethiopia should be proud knowing that the two teams in their group will be playing in the final plus zambia is last year champion #bbcafcon"

    Bode on Twitter: "Team of the tournament is no doubt the Super Eagles of Nigeria. "

  105. 1730: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    So, on to today's showpiece Burkina Faso v Nigeria - not a final line-up many would have predicted.

    Nigeria's Victor Moses, centre, talks with team-mates goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, left, and John Obi Mikel

    Stephen Keshi-coached Nigeria stumbled their way through the group stages before they actually started playing like they were one of the pre-tournament favourites. But it's all about timing isn't it?

    In the quarter-finals, they defeated recorded a 2-1 win over fellow heavyweights Ivory Coast.

    The Super Eagles followed that up with an outstanding 4-1 win against Mali, who were 3-0 down by half-time. If they play anything like they did in that game then Burkina Faso will find it very tough. This, however, is their first final since 2000, so they are likely to be nervous too.

    Emenike is out, but Chelsea winger Victor Moses is expected to start. Nigeria can also rely on Sunday Mba, Godfrey Oboabona and the experienced John Mikel Obi.

  106. 1726: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    "There's lots of dancing, drums and fireworks as well as gold and silver streamers fired into the air over the crowd."

  107. 1724: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    The stadium in Soweto is currently half full, but they are being royally entertained by the closing ceremony.

  108. 1724: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    There is a little more than an hour until kick-off, so let us have a wee bit of fun - although for some, this will be serious.

    I want you to name your player of the tournament, team of the tournament and goal of the tournament.

    Tweet your 2013 Africa Cup of Nations award winners on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcafcon

  109. 1718: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Alex Bassey on Facebook: "Gr8t. Its a must win 4 d Eagles."

    Gerald Lavet Mtonga on Facebook: "Ma money on Burkina Faso."

  110. 1716: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Before I feed you more info about the teams, I better tell you how the BBC intend to cover the big match.

    There is live commentary on both BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC World Service. and updates on BBC World News. And I will be on hand to bring you live text commentary of the match, so you won't actually need to move from where you're sat, except, perhaps, when nature calls.

    BBC Africa's social-media teams will be engaging with reporters, fans and footballers via #BBCAFCON (Twitter page @bbclovefootball), the LoveAfricanFootball Facebook page as well as the Google+ community page Love African Football.

    You can also contact the BBC team with your thoughts by the power of text messaging - 81111 (UK only) or +44 77 86 20 50 75 (international).

  111. 1712: 
    BBC's Nick Cavell in JohannesburgNigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    "It's fair to say a lot more green and white in the stadium for Nigeria than green and red for Burkina Faso."

  112. 1707: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    So Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi will be without key striker Emmanuel Emenike, who is still suffering from a thigh strain. That's a bit of a blow for the Super Eagles. Villarreal's Ikechukwu Uche comes in for him.

  113. 1705: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Burkina Faso v Nigeria (1830 GMT)

    BBC's John Bennett in Johannesburg on Twitter: "Early team news for Nigeria... Emenike OUT... Uche IN... Via top journo @oluwashina #bbcafcon #afcon2013"

  114. 1704: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    Now then, we have some early and very important team news.

  115. 1700: 
    Nigeria v Burkina Faso (1830 GMT)

    After 22 days and 31 matches, we have arrived at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final.

    Fans before the Afcon final

    It's a David v Goliath match-up with Burkina Faso, who had only once before reached the last four, against the might of two-time champions and overwhelming favourites Nigeria. They played each other earlier in the tournament, with Nigeria held to a 1-1 draw by the surprise Group C winners.

    The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, which played host to the World Cup final, is the venue for the last act of what has been a splendid tournament.

    Kick off is at 18:30 GMT, but stay here for all the pre-match build-up.

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