Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for the final of the African Cup of Nations in South Africa after they trounced the Eagles of Mali 4-1. The Nigerian side got off to a flying start as early as the 25th minute when Elderson Echiejile put the Super Eagles up.
The Super Eagles further went up in the 30th and 44th minutes respectively through the efforts of Brown Ideye and Emmanuel Emenike who is now the tournament’s highest goal scorer with four goals.
Substitute Ahmed Musa, who replaced the outstanding Victor Moses after 53 minutes added the fourth goal for Nigeria in the 60th minute when he beat the offside trap and slotted the ball through goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa’s legs.
Cheick Fanta Mady Diarra fired home in the 75th minute to give the Malians a consolatory goal.
Nigeria will meet the winners of the second semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso being played later at Nelspruit.
This is the first time the Super Eagles will reach the finals of the prestigious soccer event since 2000. This is also their seventh final appearance.