Nigeria crowned champions of Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - A first-half goal from Sunday Mbah was the difference as Nigeria claimed a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso in the final of the African Cup of Nations.
Nigeria was bidding to win its third continental crown while Burkina Faso was appearing in the final for the first time after a surprising run through the tournament.
Mbah's goal came in the 40th minute after a period of pressure from Nigeria when a shot from Victor Moses was deflected into his path and he hammered a volley past goalkeeper Daouda Diakite to put his side in front.
Burkina Faso did well to remain within a goal and had a chance to level the match late in the second half when a powerful strike from Wilfried Sanou forced Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to make a fine save, tipping the effort past the post.
With the win, Nigeria will head to this summer's Confederations Cup in Brazil as the African representative.