I'd do anything to be in Lagos right now. Nigeria's young Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations in Johannesburg today. They beat Burkina Faso by 1-0, with a brilliant goal scored by Sunday Mba just before half time. The final played out at Soccer City Stadium, in front of a sell out crowd.
Celebrations will be going on for days, since Nigeria has not won the Cup since 1994. They just failed to defend the title in 1996 in South Africa, so this time they simply collected their dues! What makes this victory so sweet is Stephen Keshi, the 1994 winning team Captain, is now Nigeria's coach. He is just the second person in the history of the tournament to win both as coach and player. Better still, he is a winning African coach, which is really refreshing. The Super Eagles have certainly dispelled the ghosts of their disappointing performance during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
All in all, the 29th Africa Cup of Nations was a success despite a slow start with lots of draws. The pitch quality, especially in water-logged Nelspruit, was not great, but the spirit was there and the vuvuzelas were working overtime. Newcomers Cape Verde made a great entrance to the tournament, and Burkina surprised everyone by making it to the final. The Ivory Coast were the favorites coming in to the tournament, but they failed to deliver when it mattered most. But none of that matters now - the Super Eagles have won, and I'm sure they're looking forward to Brazil in 2014!
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