Nigeria won its first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1994, beating Burkina Faso 1-0 on Sunday.
Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought on Sunday with a 1-0 final win over Burkina Faso at Soccer City thanks to a late first-half and the only goal of the match from central midfielder, Sunday Mba.
It was a result that took winning coach Stephen Keshi into the record books as he equaled late Egyptian Mahmoud al-Gohary’s feat of winning gold medals as a player and a coach.
Among the rewards for the Super Eagles was a $1.5 million first prize and a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they will face world and European champions Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay.
Nigeria conquered Africa for the first time in 1980, thrashing Algeria 3-0 in Lagos with three first-half goals, and the second title arrived 14 years later as they fought back to beat Zambia 2-1 in Tunis.
Winning the third title in Soweto was particularly sweet as they were robbed of the chance to defend the title there in 1996 as a political cold war with South Africa led to Nigeria withdrawing.