AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS FINAL LIVE: Nigeria v Burkina Faso

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS LIVE: Nigeria v Burkina Faso – as it happens from Soccer City

By
Peter Scott

PUBLISHED:

17:55 GMT, 10 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 10 February 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso from Soccer City.

The showpiece pitches one of the rank outsiders against a side who are slowly clawing their way back to top of the tree on the continent.

Minnows Burkina Faso have never reached a final before, while Nigeria, driven on by Chelsea's Victor Moses, are twice winners of the competition.

NIGERIA v BURKINA FASO

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)

18.17: Soccer City is noisy, the sounds of vuvuzelas droning across the ground. It's a dry, reasonably cool evening. Much will depend on how Nigeria cope with the loss of Emenike, while for Burkina Faso, Pitroipa will have a big role to play. Incidentally, his red card in the semi-final was for diving. The referee contacted the tournament organisers afterwards to say he'd made a mistake and asked for the card to be rescinded.

18.04: So it's the Super Eagles v the Stallions. These teams have already played each other once in the tournament. That game finished 1-1. Burkina Faso went on to win the group.

17.58: Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Nigeria were impressive in their 4-1 defeat of Mali in the semi-finals, while surprise package Burkina Faso stunned Ghana with a penalty-shootout victory. Nigeria will start favourites, you'd think, but they are without striker Emmanuel Emenike, out through injury. Chelsea's Victor Moses plays despite an ankle knock. For Burkina Faso, Jonathan Pitroipa starts after his semi-final red card was rescinded. We kick off at 1830.

Party time: The pre-final show at Soccer City was spectacular as Nigeria and Burkina Faso prepared for action

Party time: The pre-final show at Soccer City was spectacular as Nigeria and Burkina Faso prepared for action

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