Burkina Faso vs Nigeria, Final, Africa Nations Cup Preview, Prediction, and Pick
It has been a season of upsets in this Africa Nations Cup. First, Ivory Coast was knocked out by Mali and then Ghana was knocked out by Burkina Faso in second semifinal. Both the finalists are from the same group and before the tournament started, who would have expected the finalists to be Nigeria and Burkina Faso? The final between the teams would be played on Sunday February 10, 2013 at 23:30 IST. Nigeria won the tournament back in 1994 while Burkina Faso would be playing to get their first ever AFCON title. The tournament has been full of surprises and nothing short of thrilling is expected from the final too.
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Both the teams outclassed their respective opponents in all the matches they've played in the tournament. Nigeria, in the first semifinal thrashed Mali by 4-1 after taking three goals lead in first half. Burkina Faso did not manage to win with the margin like Nigeria, but they won it nonetheless. Burkina Faso displayed terrific football skills and eventually emerged victorious in the penalty shootout. The last time when these two teams played, Burkina Faso drew level with Nigeria in final minutes of the game. Nigeria was down to 10 men in most important portion of the game. Burkina Faso topped their group, thanks to their superior goal difference.
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Can Burkina Faso go on to upset Nigeria to win their first ever AFCON title? It's tough to give a call, especially considering how the matches have gone in the season. Both the teams were neck to neck till the group stage. Both the teams caused terrific upsets by playing extraordinary football. Nigeria might have an upper edge considering the form they are in and they'd be oozing with confidence after their massive victory over Mali. In addition to that Burkina Faso would miss their main scorer, Alan Traore, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury. Upsets have happened in this tournament, but I expect Nigeria to pull this one and earn another AFCON title.
- Prediction: Burkina Faso: 1 Nigeria: 3
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Nobody would have even guessed about Nigeria reaching finals before the tournament started. Nigeria has played well and they are expected to take yet another AFCON title with a victory over Burkina Faso.