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Football | Afcon

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Burkina plot Nigeria ambush



Burkina Faso coach Paul Put says the final will be a total contrast from their initial meeting against The Super Eagles.

Nigeria and Burkina Faso clash in the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations at Soccer City on Sunday.

The final will be a repeat of their Group C clash on January 21 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and will also be Burkina Faso’s debut final appearance.

In that match, Burkina Faso fought back to draw 1-1 with 10-man Nigeria.

"I think to be honest we have seen great progress in the Nigeria team," Put said.

"I think we cannot compare the first game and this one."

Nigeria kicked into gear in the knockout stage stuttering in Group C with two draws and a 2-0 win over Ethiopia with goals via penalties.

They went on to shock Ivory Coast to a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals before sweeping Mali off the park with a 4-1 semifinal victory.

Burkina Faso on the other hand have played out to two grinding extra-time victories over Togo in the quarterfinals whom they beat 1-0 before securing their passage to the final with a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Ghana in the semifinals

"It will be a tough game we knowing the strength of Nigeria," Put said.

"We will do everything possible to get a good result."

Put added that Burkina Faso will not be complacent even with news of fitness concerns of Super Eagles' key strikers Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses who have scored four and two goals respectively en route to their Group C rematch with Nigeria.

“We are long forward to facing the best football nation in African in Nigeria with a lot of top players in the team, we are the underdogs for us it already victory to play in the final in Johannesburg,” Put said.

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