African Cup of Nations: Football glory unites Nigeria in pride, at least for now

In the team's thrilling win over favourites Ivory Coast, the show stealer was not a Premier League star like Victor Moses or John Obi Mikel, both of Chelsea, but Sunday Mba, who plays in the Nigerian league and scored the winning goal.

updated: February 08, 2013 12:27 IST
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Lagos: Nigeria's sensational run to the final of the African Cup of Nations has united the often divided country in football pride and given a nation that has grown weary with bad news a reason to celebrate.

With Africa's largest population and massive oil wealth, many see Nigeria as a natural powerhouse held back by corruption and division, but some football fans say that reputation could be improved with a win on Sunday.

After shocking star-laden Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals and thrashing Mali in the semi-finals, Nigeria will face Burkina Faso for a chance to win its first continental title since 1994.

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