Nigeria, Burkina Faso to meet in African Cup final

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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Nigeria closed in on its first title in nearly two decades by advancing to the final of the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday, setting up a matchup with a surprising Burkina Faso team looking to lift the trophy for the first time.

Nigeria cruised to a 4-1 victory over Mali in Durban that put it in the final for the first time in more than a decade, while Burkina Faso needed extra time and a penalty shootout to get past favorite Ghana in Nelspruit.

Burkina Faso won 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation, making it to the final for the first time.

The title match will be played Sunday in Johannesburg.

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