Football: Nigeria, Burkina Faso to meet in African Cup final
DURBAN, South Africa (AP) - Nigeria closed in on their first title in nearly two decades by easily advancing to the final of the African Nations Cup 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 to reach the final for the first time in more than a decade, while Burkina Faso needed extra time and a penalty shootout to get past favourite 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.
"Surprises are always there," Burkina Faso coach Paul Put said. "Maybe this time is our time."