Afcon final underway

Nigeria are leading Burkina Faso 1-0 in the Afcon final at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Afcon National Stadium in Johannesburg. Picture: Wikipedia

JOHANNESBURG - The second half of the 2013 Afcon finals is currently underway at the National Stadium in Johannesburg where Nigeria are leading Burkina Faso 1-0.

Sunday Mba put Nigeia ahead in the 40th minute after a persistent run and an effort which gave the Burkinane keeper no chance.

The Super Eagles have been on the attack since the kickoff whistle.

Victor Moses set up Eric Ambrose from a freekick in the 8th minute, but the defender sent his header above the crossbar.

Two minutes later Brown Ideye also sent his effort wide.

Aristide Bance almost scored for Burkina Faso, but his low shot failed to find the target.

STARTING ELEVEN

Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose, Ogenyi Onanzi, John Obi Mikel, Sunday Mba, Victor Moses, Brown Ideye, Ikechukwu Uche

Burkina Faso: Daouda Diakite, Mohamed Koffi, Bakary Kone, Paul Koulibaly, Mady Panandetiguiri, Djakaridja Kone, Charles Kabore, Florent Rouamba, Prejuce Nakoulma, Jonathan Pitroipa and Aristide Bance

NIGERIA STILL THE FAVOURITES

Nigeria remain the favourites to win their third Afcon title, but the possibility of Burkina Faso springing a surprise in the final cannot be discounted.

Both sides began their campaigns with few hopes but have advanced to the final in a tournament filled with upsets.

Nigeria, despite their heavyweight status, made it clear they saw the event in South Africa as a chance to develop a new team, while Burkina Faso were always ranked as outsiders.

Yet both have overcome considerable odds to reach the final, the Burkinabe Stallions for the first time.

Burkina Faso fans remain adamant their side will cause the greatest upset of the tournament and win the coveted Afcon title.

Stallions' fans from around South Africa said the team will cause a huge upset especially if it comes down to penalties.

CLOSING CEREMONY

Earlier, Nigerian superstar D'Banj, South African songbirds Zonke and Thembesile Ntaka, Kenyan vocalist Muthoni and house music group MiCasa performed to 88,000 fans during the closing ceremony.

The ceremony was preceded by the Roll Back Malaria presentation and a special performance by Yvonne Chaka Chaka.